Dental Implants: What's All the Fuss About?

Replacing missing teeth gets easier all the time. For those desiring the most natural and worry-free option, dental implants will do the job beautifully. Read on and find out what the dental implant fuss is all about.

  1. Dental implants are so natural that they fool your own body into accepting them like real teeth. That's important because jawbones can lose bone mass when no tooth is detected above the gumline. This means your jawbone stays strong rather than saggy. This feature gives them a boost over the implant alternative, a bridge. In most cases, bridges don't make enough contact with your gums to prevent jawbone deterioration.
  2. Dental implants give you one less tooth to worry about when it comes to decay. That is because even though they look natural, they are made in a dental lab of various materials that are not only strong but will never decay. They are also made to resist bacteria, discoloration, chipping, and cracking. Unless you are fortunate enough to sport an entire set of implants, though, you must continue to brush, floss, and get dental check-ups as usual.
  3. Dental implants can help your entire mouth to be healthier even if you only get one or two. They do this by setting up a strong brace against which your other teeth can lean. When you miss teeth, the surrounding teeth can drift into the space, drop down from above, or become loose. Loose teeth can lead to decay, mishappen-looking teeth, and gum diseases as it allows bacteria an access point to set up an infection.
  4. Implants don't just support surrounding teeth – they also support other restorative devices better than your natural teeth ever could. Since implants are sunk into your gums using titanium posts, they become extremely strong as those posts bond with the jawbone over time. Even those that don't get more than a few implants can benefit because any dentures added to the implants are less likely to need the frequent adjustments most dentures require. Holding the dentures tight to the gumline prevents gum shrinkage and maintains the fit of the dentures better.
  5. Dental implants are meant to last many years. The initially higher cost of a dental implant can be rationalized by the appearance, low maintenance, longevity, ease of wearing, and more. To find out more about what a dental implant can do for your dental health in general, speak to your dentist as soon as possible.