Dental Implant Benefits
Although traditional tooth replacement methods like dentures and dental bridges remain popular, dental implants are the most effective and durable treatment for missing teeth. At Lincoln Smiles, Dr. Eloisa Espiritu and Dr. Michael Joesting we recommend dental implants for people of all ages who want artificial teeth that look and function just like natural teeth.
What Does a Dental Implant Treatment Involve
During a dental implant treatment, a small titanium screw is placed into your jaw and serves as a replacement tooth root. In about three to six months, the bones of your jaw will fuse to this titanium implant, creating a secure foundation for a dental crown.
Although some people think getting a dental implant is a painful process, in reality, thanks to advanced anesthetics and sedatives, patients remain relaxed, pain-free, and even awake during the procedure.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants come with a wide range of benefits. These include:
A Natural Feel
Dental implants look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Unlike dentures and dental bridges, which can feel bulky and unstable in the mouth, dental implants are very secure and offer maximum comfort.
No Oral Health Side Effects
Many people who wear dentures or dental bridges often complain of specific oral health side effects. For example, people who wear dentures often develop mouth sores when the device rubs against their gums and inner cheek. People who have traditional dental bridges require healthy teeth to be eroded down and placed with crowns so that the bridge can be anchored. In addition, cantilever bridges carry an additional risk of adjacent tooth fracture if too much pressure is placed on their artificial teeth. Dental implants, on the other hand, do not carry any such risks.
Preservation of Jaw Density
When you lose a tooth, the alveolar ridge on that place deteriorates due to the lack of stimulation provided by the chewing motion. This makes your jaw softer and weaker. As a result, your face will lose its structure. Dental implants, on the other hand, actually strengthen your jaw by integrating with the jawbone and providing a solid foundation for the crown so that it chews effectively and stimulates the jaw.
Even a loss of a single tooth can impact your chewing. Dentures are not strong or stable enough for you to eat certain types of foods like meat and apples. Bridges also cannot withstand a large amount of chewing force and can crack. Dental implants, though, are very strong and stable and allow you to eat all sorts of foods with complete confidence.
Improved Oral Health
Dental implants are just like natural teeth and you can brush and floss between them like normal. It can be bothersome to practice oral hygiene because of the framework of dental bridges. Oral care with dentures can be particularly inconvenient since you have to remove the device, clean it very carefully with lukewarm or cool water, and submerge it in a soaking solution every night.
Dental implants can last for decades with good oral care. Depending on where the implant is placed, they have a success rate of 88% - 98%. Typically, an implant can last for over 25 years. Since senior citizens are more likely to suffer from missing teeth, dental implants can be a lifelong tooth replacement option for them.
If you have missing teeth and want to replace them, schedule an appointment by calling 916-543-8800 and we will find out whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.