A missing tooth can affect your appearance, speech, and ability to chew. However, you have the choice to get a tooth replacement. And while you can pick from various options, dental implants remain the most reliable tooth replacement. Here is why dental implants stand out from other tooth replacement options.
1. Maintain Facial Appearance
Tooth loss can affect your facial appearance. For this reason, you shouldn’t wait long to replace a missing tooth. Waiting for very long to replace the tooth causes some of your facial features to appear sunken. You might also notice your cheeks starting to sag. However, getting a dental implant on time can help maintain a youthful look.
Dental implants are incredibly durable compared to other teeth replacement options. Dental implants merge with your jawbone to form an artificial tooth root. The artificial root provides a solid foundation for a prosthetic tooth.
Since dental implants have a 90 to 95 percent success rate, you can expect your implant to last for years. Besides, implants are incredibly durable because dentists use titanium or Zirconia to make them. You will only need to replace the crown or prosthetic tooth after 15 to 20 years.
3. Look Natural
Dental implants resemble natural teeth due to the attractive ceramic crowns covering the post. Besides, the gums and crown will hide the titanium post. Dentists customize the ceramic crowns to match the color of your teeth. No one can tell you have an implant because it looks like your natural teeth and has no distinctive features.
4. Restore Your Chewing Ability
Losing your teeth can affect your chewing ability. However, replacing the missing teeth with dentures may not restore your full chewing power. You can eat but might have difficulties chewing tough food. On the other hand, dental implants can help restore your biting and chewing power. Once the implants settle, you can eat pretty much any food.
5. Restore Your Smile
Missing teeth can force you to hide your smile or avoid interacting with new people. Many people with missing teeth fear that strangers or friends might be judgmental or make fun when they notice their missing tooth.
A dental implant procedure can help restore your confidence by filling the gaps with false, natural-looking teeth. After the procedure, you will feel confident with your smile and open up to interacting with new people.
Dental implants heal and adapt to your mouth quickly. Once you recover, you may even forget you have a dental implant. Dental implants are permanent and feel natural, meaning you will always feel comfortable in them.
Unlike dentures, you don’t have to fret about your implant falling out while eating or speaking. In addition, the implants don’t make your gums sore.
Caring for a dental implant is very straightforward. You only need to brush and floss normally to keep your implants in good condition. You should also attend regular check-ups to ensure your dental implants are okay.
Unlike dentures, dental implants don’t require a strict cleaning routine or special care. Besides, you don’t need to remove the implants before heading to bed.
8. Prevent Bone Loss
Bone loss is inevitable after you lose a tooth. Studies show you can lose most of your bone during the first six months. Therefore, you should replace the lost tooth immediately to prevent bone loss.
Dental implants successfully prevent bone loss because the titanium post acts as the root. The root prevents the reabsorption of the alveolar ridge. By keeping your jawbone intact, the implant protects your face shape.
All these benefits make dental implants superior to other tooth replacement options. At Dan Czapek, D.M.D., we can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. Contact us today to request an appointment.