Implant dentistry is the most advanced therapy available to replace missing teeth. Dental implant restorations generally look, feel and act like natural teeth. Dental implants may offer you important advantages compared to other treatment options: improved good health and enhanced appearance, which may lead to greater self confidence and a better quality of life. Ask your dentist today if you are a candidate for dental implants.
Improved Quality Of Life
Dental implants are designed to be a long lasting solution for tooth loss and are cared for with brushing and flossing,just like natural teeth. Caring for non-implant tooth replacements can be much less convenient compared to implant-supported teeth. Dental implants also eliminate the need to use messy dental adhesives.
When a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone begins to shrink away or resorb and becomes increasingly brittle, compromising adjacent teeth and increasing the chance of a changed appearance. Non-implant supported dentures, such as partials or bridges, may actually accelerate this process. Dental implants may help to prevent or slow bone resorption, helping to preserve your natural facial contours.
People with missing teeth or non-implant-supported options have problems eating certain foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits, which can compromise their nutrition. Denture-wearing patients often lose some of their ability to taste foods. In addition, chewing can be difficult and painful so digestion is often compromised. Because dental implants function more like teeth, these offer the benefit of better health due to improved nutrition and taste, as well as proper digestion.
Greater Self Confidence
Even the best-made partials and dentures are prone to slipping and “clicking” if left unsupported. Business meetings, dining out and social activities become exercises in unpleasant suspense: Will my dentures embarrass me this time—again? Can they see the metal clasps on my partial? With dental implants, you will smile, talk and eat with more comfort and confidence because your teeth won’t slip or fall out!
An Investment In Yourself
Although dental implants may sometimes have a higher initial cost, when all the ongoing expenses of other treatment options are added up, most people would agree that implants are more than worth it! When you contrast the time investment that dental implant therapy requires versus the repeated office visits required for adjustments, special cleanings and replacements for partials, bridges and dentures, it is easy to imagine how much better life can be with dental implants. Better health, enhanced appearance, greater self confidence and improved quality of life—no wonder dental implants are now recognized as the standard of care for tooth replacement. Always consult with your dentist about treatment options that are best for you.