Dental implants are a modern, permanent, and effective solution to missing teeth. While some people still prefer to opt for bridges, dentures, or leaving a gap, there are important benefits of dental implants that you can miss out on if you choose an alternative. Here are some reasons why everyone missing one or more of their teeth should seriously consider dental implants.
1. Protect Gums and Jaw
Every time you eat a meal, the forces produced by biting and chewing reverberate down into the gums and jaw bone, where they increase blood supply and promote the development of new cells. Many people who lose their teeth and do not have them replaced with implants gradually lose bone density in their jaw over the years, which can change the appearance of their face. By opting for dental implants, you can ensure that your gums and jaw receive the stimulation they need to stay healthy.
2. Keep Teeth Aligned
If you have a gap in your smile, then it is common for neighboring teeth to move to fill the gap. This movement can result in teeth developing a twisted orientation that can look unattractive, make eating difficult, or even cause the teeth to scrape uncomfortably against your tongue or the insides of your cheeks. By filling the gap with a dental implant, you can prevent this migration and maintain the alignment of your teeth.
3. Replace Missing Teeth Permanently
One of the problems with dentures is that they often need to be relined, adjusted, or replaced. In contrast, dental implants are designed to be a permanent solution to the problem of having one or more teeth missing from your mouth. Once the implant posts are in place, they should never need to be adjusted or replaced. Dental implant crowns are also designed to last a lifetime. Although it is possible to crack a dental implant crown by biting down on a hard piece of food or via a blow to the mouth, dentists can almost always replace this top part of the dental implant without replacing the post beneath it.
4. Love Your Smile
Having a gap in your smile can make you feel self-conscious. Many denture wearers also feel shy about smiling in social situations, as dentures can slip around inside the mouth and not look convincingly like real teeth. Dental implants are the teeth replacement option that looks most natural.
If you think you are a candidate for dental implants, please contact us to schedule a consultation. We will answer all your questions and be with you every step of the way.