5 Amazing Benefits of Dental Implants You May Not Already Know

For decades, even centuries, dentures have been the go-to standard of care to cope with loss of permanent teeth. Although denture plates and bridges work well, at best, they’re a poor facsimile replacement. At worst, they can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Though often better than nothing, they aren’t a stand-in for the real thing.

Dental implants, however, come much closer to a true replacement system for lost teeth. Not only are they permanent, they re-create the symbiotic relationship between the root of a tooth and the bone of the jaw. Without this interaction, you can lose jawbone tissue over time. That’s not the only amazing benefit that implants offer. Here are five of the key ways dental implants establish themselves as the new standard for teeth replacement.

Permanent and natural

Dental implants offer a true analog of your natural teeth. Though dentures and bridges can replicate the crown of your tooth – the portion of the tooth above the gumline – there’s no replacement for the tooth’s root.

Dental implants take their name from the portion of the tooth restoration that replaces a natural root. The posit that’s implanted in your jawbone integrates with bone tissue, much as a natural tooth’s root does. This provides a firm and permanent base to absorb and transfer the stresses your teeth face when eating and speaking, an ability that’s lacking from denture systems, one that typically causes many of the problems denture wearers face.

Restored eating and speaking

Missing teeth mean that the start of your digestive cycle – chewing – may be incomplete. The breakdown of food in your body begins with this crucial step, and if it isn’t happening in your mouth, then the stomach and intestines must work in a different way to process food. Dentures can restore some of this ability, but often with restrictions on hard-to-chew foods. Speech is also aided with permanently mounted teeth. Slipping denture plates can affect the way you form words.

Preserving facial features

Your cheeks collapse in the absence of permanent teeth, and the longer you go, the more pronounced this gets, because without the tooth roots, bone in your jaw atrophies and wastes, allowing further collapse. Permanent implants prevent collapse from the absence of teeth as well as collapse due to loss of bone tissue.

Versatility of dental implants

A single implant can support multiple crowns, so you don’t necessarily need an implant for every lost tooth. There are also hybrid implant/denture systems, where two or more implants serve as a solid “snap on” point for denture plates. Although they remain removable like conventional dentures, there’s no worry of spontaneous slippage.

Successful and long-lasting

As dental implants move into the mainstream, success rates soar and innovations accumulate, making the process more versatile and reliable. Caring for implants is the same as caring for natural teeth. With excellent home routines and regular dental visits, implants last at least as long as other tooth replacement methods.

When lost natural teeth or problems with dentures are impacting your life, it’s time to consider dental implants as an effective and trouble-free solution. Contact IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry by phone or using their online booking tool. As dental implant specialists, Dr. Quagliata and the team can recommend an implant solution that meets your needs. Call today.

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