Benefits of Dental Implants
Those with missing or broken teeth often lose their self-confidence and find their smiles dimming. Luckily, you don’t have to feel like that anymore! Dental technologies have resulted in various tooth replacement options, with the best and most long-lasting ones being dental implants.
Whether you lost your teeth in a car accident, a trip and fall, or any other unfortunate incident, dental implants offer you the next best option to healthy and natural teeth.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small metal post made of titanium, a biocompatible material. The implant is surgically placed in the part of your jawbone where your tooth is missing. It takes a few weeks or months for the implant to fuse with your bone through a process known as osseointegration. This process helps form a stable and secure foundation for a crown, bridge, denture, or another type of fabricated tooth.
The implant is eventually topped off with an artificial tooth fabricated with porcelain that is color-matched with your natural teeth, allowing it to seamlessly blend in by looking, feeling, and acting like a real tooth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Here are some of the excellent benefits you can expect when you get dental implants.
They Act like Natural Teeth
Perhaps, one of the biggest advantages of an implant is that it looks and acts just like your natural teeth. Since the porcelain crown is color-matched to your existing teeth, it is almost impossible to tell the difference between a natural tooth and an implant tooth. Moreover, an implant is an excellent tooth restoration option because it restores full chewing power, just like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat whatever you want.
They Can Last a Lifetime
Dentures and dental bridges have a limited lifespan compared to dental implants. While a bridge might last you around 10 years, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance! Unlike other tooth replacement procedures, a titanium implant is surgically placed in the jawbone and integrates with it due to its biocompatibility. So, unless a huge incident takes place, your body will not reject the implant.
They Prevent Bone Loss
Your jawbone requires stimulation to grow, which it gets from the movement of the jaw through biting and chewing. Tooth loss makes it difficult to bite and chew, making the space of the jaw deteriorate due to lack of stimulation. Without any proper stability during the first year of tooth loss, the empty bone area can lose almost 25% of its volume. Since an implant is like your natural root, it helps restore your chewing and biting back to normal, providing the stimulation your jawbone needs to grow and retain shape.
They Keep Adjacent Teeth Stable
The gap resulting from a missing tooth can cause the adjacent teeth to shift crookedly. This gap pulls the adjacent teeth out of their position, impacting your ability to bite and chew. A poor bite can also potentially cause issues, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) resulting in pain and headaches. Since dental implants act and perform like your natural teeth, you won’t have to worry about these issues.
Here at Rogue Valley Dental Center, we offer the best tooth restoration services, including dental implants, to ensure that you never have to hide your smile again!
For more information, questions, or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (541) 779-4517.