4 Things You Should Know About Dental Implants

If you have any missing teeth or your dentist has to pull any of your teeth because of decay, it's always a good idea to consider replacing them. This will give you your smile back along with maintaining your same oral function, or at least close to the same. There are a few options you have when it comes to replacing your teeth, but dental implants are definitely one of the best. Here are four things to know about them:

  1. They Look Natural: Dental implants attach to the bone, keeping them firmly in place, which makes them most similar to your natural teeth. This is going to keep your smile and the shape of your mouth and jawline virtually the same. Your dentist will also be sure that the dental implant color is carefully chosen so it matches with the rest of your natural teeth that will be surrounding it. 
  2. They Save Your Natural Teeth: Since dental implants attach to the jawbone, they are great supporters for your natural teeth that surround it. Dental implants give off the same supporting weight that natural teeth would against each other, which is going to prevent shifting. When natural teeth begin shifting in the mouth, they can become loose and more vulnerable to falling out. On top of this, shifting teeth often expose the root, which is highly vulnerable to decay. 
  3. ​They Improve Your Confidence: Not only do dental implants look just like your natural teeth, but they will also help keep your speech the same. After losing your natural teeth, you may notice that the way you talk isn't as comfortable. Once you have the dental implant surgery and recover, you can expect your speech to stay the same. With dentures and some other options, your speech may shift slightly and it can take some getting used to. This can damage your self confidence. 
  4. They are Reliable: Once you have the dental implant surgery done, you don't have to worry about them falling out or becoming damaged, unlike you would with dentures or bridges. With dentures, there is a chance that you could lose them and with bridges, you will have to have them replaced every so often. Dental implants won't require as much care. 

When you know these four things about dental implants, you can begin to understand why the higher cost for dental implant surgery may be worth it for you in the end.