Dental implants have so many advantages. The list includes:
- Looks and Functions Just Like Normal Teeth – Dental implants are designed to look and function just like your natural, healthy teeth. They are made with natural-looking crowns installed to an implanted structure. With them, you can eat, talk, and smile without having to worry about how you look and how they feel.
- Lasts Long – In general, dentures can last up to 10 years with proper care. Beyond that point, you’ll need to have them replaced. Dental implants, in comparison, can potentially last a lifetime as long as you know how to care for them.
- Minimizes Fear of Embarrassment – Because implants are installed into the mouth, they are considered permanent as they become a part of your mouth. You won’t have to fear about looking awkward or feeling embarrassed as they aren’t likely to fall out whenever you eat, smile or talk.
- Prevents Bone Loss – With traditional dentures, there’s always the risk of bone resorption as they leave your tooth sockets empty. In comparison, dental implants encourage osseointegration or bone growth.
- Retains the Natural Contours of the Face – Bone loss can negatively affect your smile as it distorts your facial contours. With implant supported bridges, however, you can retain the natural contours of the face so you can keep your naturally beautiful smile.
- No Need to Remove at Night – As part of maintaining your dentures, you’ll need to remove them at night and right after every meal for cleaning. Implant supported teeth are installed into your jaw so you won’t have to remove them routinely.
- No Need to Store – Whenever you remove your dentures, you’d have to keep them in a special soaking solution. Implants don’t require such care.
- No Handling Care – Dentures are quite vulnerable as they are made of acrylic. If you drop them on a hard surface, they can break. With that, you need to be extra careful when handling your dentures when you’re not wearing them. Implants, in comparison, don’t need to be removed so you won’t have to worry about them falling.
- Normal Speech – On the first few days, you may have a hard time speaking with your new dentures as you get used to them. However, with implanted teeth, you won’t experience any hindrance to your speech even after having them installed.
Teeth Replacement with Dental Implants
Depending on your case, you can get a single implant for a single tooth or you can get a full set of teeth installed into your jaw. Learn more here. You can have as few as 4 implants to replace your missing teeth. This is called an all-on-four bridge.
To be fit for a dental implant, you need to have enough healthy bone to support the implants in case they are subjected to a lot of stress, like when you are eating. If there’s not enough bone, you can have bone grafted in the affected area.
The same is applicable to gum flesh which is typically needed to boosts the aesthetic appearance of the implant. If you are diabetic, however, you may need to see your doctor as diabetic patients tend to have more porous bones.