Dental implants are today's best replacement for missing or damaged teeth. Dentists refine the science behind dental implants yearly, and today's implants are much higher quality than in the past.
Dental implants have dozens of significant cosmetic and restorative benefits. This blog will focus on the top four benefits of implants as curated by our dental team.
1. Regain Chewing Ability
Dental implants restore your bite force and enable you to eat hard, sticky, and chewy foods that you must avoid while you have missing or fragile teeth. People who have had gaps in their teeth or lived with damaged teeth in the past are thrilled with their new ability to eat whatever they want.
2. Restore Your Appearance
People with problem teeth are often reluctant to smile in public or in pictures. You can smile, laugh, and express yourself again when you have implants.
3. Prevent Bone Loss
Implants provide the jawbone with the same stimulation as a natural tooth, keeping the bone healthy. Missing teeth cause the jawbone to break down around the empty sockets. In a year or less, the bone could lose a full quarter of its density if you do not get implants.
4. Improve Oral Health
People who have dental implants enjoy better oral health. The natural teeth will not shift positions with implants, meaning that their orthodontic alignment will remain stable. Teeth will not become crooked, crossed, and challenging to keep clean. Gum disease is also less likely with implants.
Am I a Good Candidate for Implants?
Successful implant candidates share these characteristics:
- Healthy Gums: People with gum disease should receive treatment before getting implants.
- Good Bone Health: If you have bone loss around a missing tooth, you may need a bone graft before the dentist can place the implant. A bone graft inserts ground bone material into the jawbone, giving it a scaffold to grow healthy bone mass.
- Good General Health: Patients with certain medical conditions like diabetes are not good candidates for dental implants. Others who are immunosuppressed or have bleeding disorders may not be able to receive the surgery and may be better candidates for bridges and dentures. Smokers must quit for the surgery to be successful.
Enjoying Your New Smile
Dental implants have many more benefits; your dentist can explain how they can enhance your smile and lifestyle. The implant post itself may last a lifetime, meaning that your investment in dental implants could pay off over the years.
Call Dunedin Dental Associates
Dental implants are long-lasting, beautiful replacements for damaged or missing teeth. We recommend implants to eligible patients who have missing teeth.
To learn more about our dental implants and how they can rejuvenate your smile, call Dunedin Dental Associates at 727-734-3321. We can set up a consultation appointment and answer your questions.