Dental implants have become a popular alternative to dentures and dental bridges – and for a good reason! There are many benefits of dental implants, including the ability to improve your overall happiness. While there are dozens of benefits, we will focus on the top five benefits.
1. Feel Comfortable in Social Situations
Because dental implants are surgically inserted into your jaw, they are permanent and very sturdy. You don’t ever have to worry about your implant falling out in public. This also means that you can enjoy social gatherings and dinner parties without having to worry about your dentures coming loose. You can eat anything without worrying if your dentures will be able to handle it.
Bottom line: You are free to eat, drink, and sleep without having to even think about your implant!
2. Easy to Care for Your Teeth
Dental implants are easy to clean. In fact, you simply need to provide the same level of care as you do for your natural teeth!
- Brush your teeth twice a day: Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle, brush for a full two minutes, and use fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss once a day
- Rinse with an ADA-approved mouthwash daily
- Visit your dentist for your routine dental cleanings
That’s it! No soaking dentures, no hard-to-floss bridges!
3. Maintain a Healthy and Good-Looking Mouth
Did you know that dental implants actually help maintain the integrity of your jaw? That’s because the post of the implant helps to stimulate bone growth – just like your natural tooth roots do. As a result, implants prevent jaw bone atrophy.
Not only do implants help keep your mouth (and jaw) healthy, the implants also enhance the appearance of your smile. Because crown-supported implants are designed to look like a natural tooth, you won’t see unsightly metal or other hints of dental work. Implants blend right in!
4. Restore Function of Your Mouth
If you are missing a tooth or two, it can be difficult to eat some of your favorite foods. Hard to chew foods like steak or apples can be hard to eat, especially if one of your molars is missing. Dental implants can restore your ability to eat properly.
Improving your ability to chew isn’t the only function of your mouth that is helped by implants. Implants also restore your ability to speak properly. Missing teeth, especially your front teeth, affect your ability to speak clearly.
5. Preserve Your Natural Teeth
When you have a bridge placed, the pontic (the artificial tooth) is supported by the teeth on either side of the gap. Those supporting teeth must be prepped, and a crown must be placed on them. With a dental implant, none of your natural teeth need to be altered or affected. Your implant gains strength when the titanium post fuses naturally with your jaw bone.
When to Call the Dentist
If you have a missing tooth (or teeth), it may be time to consider dental implants. Contact us today to learn more about your options!