If you are considering dental implants, it’s important to understand just how much better they are than other tooth replacement options. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement that supports itself, which makes it a fully functional tooth. It also helps dental implants look more attractive and means that they require no special maintenance.
Benefits of a Self-Supporting Tooth Replacement
Dental implants don’t rely on your other teeth for support–they’re anchored in the jawbone. Because dental implants can support themselves, they help you maintain the strength of your bite. You still have a full set of teeth that are capable of chewing.
With a dental bridge, the replacement tooth is supported by crowns over neighboring teeth, which puts extra stress on those supporting teeth.
With a partial denture, hooks and clasps loop around the teeth to hold the denture in place. These can cause wear on the enamel of those teeth and potentially cause cavities where food and plaque accumulate.
Self-supporting dental implants, though, have several benefits, such as:
- Improved function
- Improved appearance
- Stimulation of jawbone
- Ease of maintenance
With all these benefits, it’s no wonder that dental implants are becoming more popular every year.
Functions Like a Natural Tooth
Many people with partial dentures have to take them out to eat because they just don’t work for chewing. But dental implants are perfectly suited to eating all the foods you currently enjoy–there’s no need to change your diet or learn to eat without teeth.
Dental implants also don’t slip when you’re talking–they stay fully fixed even if you’re speaking loudly in public.
Looks Like a Natural Tooth
Your natural teeth are all anchored individually in your jawbone. This creates patterns of gum growth up and around the teeth that can really only be mimicked with a freestanding tooth, such as a dental implant.
And unlike partial dentures, there’s no worry that a dental implant won’t be in place when you smile.
Maintain Your Jawbone
Once a tooth is lost, your body begins to remove bone from your jaw, since it’s no longer necessary to support the tooth. This can contribute to shrinking of your facial structure, causing a sunken appearance.
But dental implants are anchored in the bone, so they encourage your body to maintain the jawbone, preserving your appearance. This is part of what makes dental implants an ideal combination with the Denture Fountain of Youth ®, both help maintain your youthful facial proportions.
Easy to Maintain
Another benefit of having a self-supporting tooth is that you treat it just like your natural teeth. There’s no special rinsing or soaking required. You just blush, floss, and make regular dental visits, just like you did with your natural teeth.
Dental Implants Can Be Permanent
Dental implants have the benefit of being potentially permanent replacements for your natural teeth. Although the success rate is very high, often over 95%, implant failures do occur, and when they do, it’s most likely in the first year.
But once dental implants become successfully integrated into your jawbone, they can last two, three, four, even five decades. That’s right: we have observed dental implants that stay in place for nearly 50 years!
With all these benefits, you should definitely consider getting dental implants for yourself. Please call (619) 299-5925 or email Strober Dental to learn whether you are a candidate for dental implants in San Diego.