Benefits of Dental Implants
Saves Healthy Teeth
The traditional practice of replacing a missing tooth with a bridge requires the teeth surrounding the space to be ground down. Using dental implants to reproduce natural teeth eliminates the need to sacrifice healthy teeth to support a bridge.
Dental implants are easier to clean than bridges, resulting in healthier gums. They maintain the integrity of the dental arch by keeping the surrounding teeth from drifting into unstable positions. Finally, implants distribute the stresses in the mouth and provide support where teeth are missing without putting excessive forces onto remaining natural teeth.
When teeth are lost, ongoing shrinkage of the jawbone occurs, making the face look older. Dental implants can stop this process.
Dental implants eliminate the pain and discomfort caused by the rubbing of removable dentures on the gums. Dental implants can be used to secure dentures firmly to the jawbone instead of loosely resting on the gum tissue. In many cases, implants can eliminate the need to wear a partial or full denture altogether.
Most dentures slip and slide around the mouth. The facial muscles become tense in an attempt to hold the teeth in place. This often results in mumbling, slurred speech or clicking noises. Dental implants feel like natural teeth and allow you to speak with confidence in a relaxed and natural tone.
The average denture patient eats at 15-20% efficiency when compared to a person with natural teeth. As the jawbone shrinks, chewing efficiency is reduced even more, making is difficult to eat certain foods and receive adequate nutrition. Dental implants can restore chewing efficiency comparable to natural teeth. This allows you to maintain a well-balanced diet and to eat your favorite foods in comfort and confidence.
Dental implants eliminate the numerous embarrassing inconveniences of removable partial and full dentures. The use of gooey denture adhesives that must be re-applied throughout the day is eliminated. The fear of dentures popping out or falling down when you smile or laugh will never be a concern.
Notwithstanding the previously mentioned benefits, the psychological benefits of permanent teeth can improve your self-esteem. Many people feel a renewed confidence and an improved quality of life.
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