You used to love being the center of attention. You would grin really wide every time a camera was pulled out, eager to be in the spotlight. But now that you’re missing teeth, you shy away from the camera. You don’t want anyone to notice the gaps in your smile. Friends and family members have suggested getting them replaced, but you don’t know which option to choose. Let’s talk about 6 reasons why you should choose dental implants over dentures and bridges.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone to replace one or more missing teeth. The posts are made of biocompatible material that gradually attaches to your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Once this process is complete, your implants will be part of your anatomy. Implants are designed for last for decades, and with regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups, your implants could even last for the rest of your life. Now let’s look at 6 advantages that dental implants have over other teeth replacement options like bridges and dentures.
Removable dentures present an annoying problem of having to take them out at night. Because dental implants become a part of you, you don’t have to remove them. In fact, after you have recovered from the surgery, simply take care of your implant like you would a normal tooth.
While dentures and bridges typically must be replaced every few years, implants are designed to last for decades. By brushing and flossing every day, and visiting your implant dentist at least twice a year, your implants can even last a lifetime. This means fewer trips to the office over time to replace your teeth replacements!
Dentures can easily move around, making eating or talking uncomfortable. Since implants are permanent, they eliminate that discomfort and allow you to eat and talk like you did when you had all your natural teeth.
4. Easier Eating
Biting and chewing can be difficult with sliding dentures. Implants function exactly like your natural teeth, so that you can eat just like you did with your natural teeth. In addition, sometimes food can get caught under bridges and it can be hard to clean it out. With implants, just brush and floss as normal.
5. Better Self-Esteem
While dentures and bridges might look like natural teeth, implants can be customized down to the exact shade of your remaining teeth. They also feel more natural, which helps you smile more confidently. You will love the camera just as much as you did before!
6. Improved Oral Health
Dental implants become fused to your jawbone, providing stimulation in a way that dentures and bridges do not. When the jawbone is not stimulated, the bone can deteriorate and give that area of the face a sunken look. Implants are the only teeth replacement option that preserves the integrity of that bone. They also don’t require placing any stress on surrounding teeth, like bridges do. Additionally, they allow easier access between individual teeth that bridges do not.
With dental implants, your life can go back to the way it was when you still had all your natural teeth. Your smile will look and feel several times better. Contact your implant dentist today to learn more.
About the Author
Dr. Samir Rana is a leading expert on dental implants. He recently gave a seminar at the Implant Global Conference in France. He is passionate about performing full mouth reconstructions and using cosmetic dentistry to make those procedures as beautiful as they are functional. To learn about how he can help restore your smile, click here or call (973)-633-5666.