5 Things You Should Know About Dental Implants
April 24, 2018
A beautiful, healthy smile is an important social asset to most individuals, however more than 20 million people in the U.S. suffer from missing teeth.
Missing teeth may not cause discomfort or pain, but the absence of one or more teeth can cause oral health issues, including loss to the jaw bone and issues with the bite. Missing teeth can also alter your physical appearance and health, resulting in decreased self-esteem and overall well-being.
If you’re one of the millions who suffer from one or more missing teeth, dental implants may be the ideal solution for you. Here are 5 things you should know about dental implants:
1. Dental Implants help to preserve remaining teeth that are healthy
Dental implants mirror the function of the tooth’s natural root, providing the stimulation needed to preserve gum tissue volume and the density of your jawbone. When teeth are lost, patients may begin to possess a sunken in appearance or sagging around their mouth. Dental implants help stimulate bone growth while preventing bone loss and maintain a patient’s healthy facial appearance and shape.
2. Dental Implants Restore Function Vital to Eating
Dental implants replace the roots of your original tooth and are surgically added to your jawbone, which restores the stability required to bite into foods naturally and normally. Not only will you be able to enjoy your favorite foods and dine properly again, but dental implants also restore your natural smile so well that no one will even know you lost a tooth.
3. Dental Implants Have a High Success Rate
Dental implants are the most effective tooth replacement alternative with an average 97% success rate and have been proven to be extremely safe and effective. Other tooth replacement alternatives, such as dentures, only restore the area of the tooth that is visible above the gum line and return only about 20 to 30% of natural chewing abilities.
4. Dental Implants Look and Feel Natural
Following tooth loss, dental implants completely replace the original tooth root and structure. The artificially placed dental implant mimics the natural function of the lost root by fusing with the bone and gum tissue. These restorations provide for a fully functional smile and will feel natural to the patient.
5. Dental Implants Are Less Expensive in the Long Run
Typical dentures or dental bridges can last about 7-10 years, but dental implants can last a lifetime with proper upkeep and care. In addition to being the next best thing to your original natural teeth, dental implants are built to last and in most cases only a one-time cost.
Dr. Boyse is a highly skilled Mesa dentist specialized in cosmetic dentistry and will provide you with a thorough examination and guidance to choose the best dental solution for your specific needs.
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