Benefits of Dental Implants
Natural-looking, durable teeth replacement options!
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that has been placed in the jawbone as an artificial tooth root. It is used to support a crown, bridge or denture.
Dental implants are becoming increasingly popular as the most effective solution for replacing teeth. Restoring function and beauty to a patient’s mouth using dental implants can make a big difference in their life.
The doctors have considerable training and experience in implant dentistry. Both Dr. Conkle and Dr. Garcia have received advanced training from the leading implant dentistry institute, Nobel Biocare.
Who are candidates for Dental Implants?
Thanks to advancements in technology, dental implants are now an option for most people. You should have healthy gums and enough bone structure to the support the implants. If you’d like to find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants, you should contact our office for a free implant consultation with one of the doctors.
Benefits and advantages of Dental Implants
Dental Implants can last a lifetime
Dental implants are made of titanium, known to be a long-lasting, non-corrosive and neutral metal. It is still important to take good care of them as you would natural teeth, as you are still at risk for gum health issues with implants. Therefore, good hygiene and regular dentist cleanings are important. We offer a lifetime guarantee on our implants provided that you get regular six-month cleanings and check-ups at our office.
Dental Implants act like natural teeth
Once your dental implant is placed, you won’t be able to tell the difference between it and your natural teeth. You’ll be able to eat normally, with restored chewing and biting power, and you’ll be able to floss and brush.
Implant-supported bridges and dentures are lifelike in the way they look and function. The more implants that are used to support the restoration, the more natural it will look and feel.
Dental Implants prevent bone loss
A major benefit to dental implants is that they prevent bone loss. As the jawbone requires pressure from chewing in order to maintain its density, it will deteriorate in the absence of a tooth. In fact, in the first year after you lose a tooth, your bone will lose 25% of its volume, and this will continue for as long as the tooth goes un-replaced by an implant.
Regular dentures and bridges can actually worsen bone loss because there is nothing to stimulate the bone. On the other hand, implant-supported dentures and bridges act like natural teeth and provide the pressure necessary to maintain bone density.
Dental Implants keep adjacent teeth stable
When a tooth is missing, the adjacent teeth will shift toward the gap, destabilizing the positioning of the teeth in your mouth. This can lead to the misalignment of your jaws, which in turn can cause bite issues, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems, headaches, and problems with chewing. A dental implant helps to retain the positioning of your teeth by closing up the gap left behind by a missing tooth.
Dental Implants can help keep you free of gum disease
A gap from a missing tooth is likely to collect food and bacteria, which leads to gum disease.
Dental Implants can prevent facial sagging and premature ageing
As explained above, dental implants prevent bone loss by stimulating the jawbone with pressure so it doesn’t deteriorate over time. For people with multiple or all teeth missing, one of the effects of bone loss is facial sagging. When this occurs, the distance between the tip of the nose and the chin becomes smaller, causing the lower third of the face to collapse inward. This tends to lead to drooping and wrinkly skin around the mouth, thinning lips and a pointier chin. The overall effect is that the person looks much older than they are.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Stable, functional teeth with good chewing power!
Dental implants are far superior to traditional dentures. Dentures may fit when they’re first made, but eventually they will loosen due to bone loss. With their poor fit, dentures severely limit your chewing power.
If you’re deciding between traditional dentures or an implant-supported restoration, here are some points to consider:
- Dentures often have to be kept in the mouth by using a dental adhesive.
- Dentures have to be removed for cleaning. Your implant-supported restoration can be cared for by brushing and flossing (except for removable implant-supported dentures).
- Dentures cover the roof of the mouth. With dentures, the roof of your mouth is covered, which can interfere with your sense of taste or other normal activities. Implant-supported dentures can be fabricated without anything covering your palate.
- Dentures can slip out while you’re eating or speaking. Implant-supported dentures are securely fixed in place so you don’t have to worry about them slipping out.
- Dentures only have 10% or less full chewing power. Dentures can move while you chew, which is not only annoying but also makes it difficult to chew. Oftentimes you’ll need to avoid certain types of foods. Dental implants have full chewing power, and implant-supported bridges or dentures considerably increase chewing power.
- Dentures often make a clicking sound while you eat. With implants or implant-supported dentures, there’s no irritating clicking sound.
- Dentures don’t provide the stimulation needed to prevent bone loss. The jawbone requires the stimulation of pressure from chewing to maintain its density. Implants ensure that no jawbone deteriorates.
- Wearing dentures can lead to facial collapse caused by progressive bone loss. Over time, bone loss in the jaw can cause the lower third of the face, to collapse inward, leading to sagging, wrinkling skin and making you appear much more advanced in age.
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