Besides the cosmetic benefits and confidence boost, you might be wondering “are there any health benefits to dental implants?” Well, if you’ve recently lost a tooth and are unhappy with the gap left behind or you simply want to improve your smile, dental implants can transform you inside and out! Planted into the jawbone just beneath the gum line, dental implants are titanium posts with a bridge or artificial tooth. They don’t slip or shift when eating or talking and should feel more natural than conventional dentures or bridges. Getting dental implants is a surgical procedure and you will need to have healthy gums and adequate bone strength to support the implant, but once you’ve got them in, the benefits are almost endless.
Designed not only to look, but also feel, and function like your natural teeth, dental implants were made to be a permanent solution. Unlike dentures that you’re constantly taking out of your mouth, dental implants are anchored firmly in your jawbone, giving you the ability to smile, eat and chat without worrying that they’re going to shift or fall out. Additionally, bridges and crowns need regular maintenance and replacement whereas dental implants are to be treated and cared for just like your natural teeth.
Encourages a Strong Bite
Being anchored into your jaw with a titanium post, your new dental implant has the strength and force of your natural teeth to take a good, strong bite of that hard apple or a raw carrot. Other tooth replacement options often sit on top of the gums, therefore not restoring your ability to bite or chew on those harder foods. While we’re on the topic of tooth replacements that sit on top of gums, these options may slip around in your mouth, hindering your ability to talk as you normally would. With dental implants, your ability to pronounce words correctly will not be impacted at all.
Prevents Gum Disease
When you have a tooth removed, the gap where your tooth use to be leaves not only a strange feeling in your mouth but may also serve as a breeding ground for bacteria. This increases your risk of gum disease which can lead to adverse reactions throughout your body such as heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. Filling in the gap can reduce this risk of gum disease just as your daily floss, twice a day brush and regular visits to your dentist can help too. And, if you’re worried about the extra care on top of your daily oral health routine, dental implants don’t require any extra TLC! No need for cups, cleansing tablets, or special floss!
Good for Your Bones
Alternatives to dental implants such as bridges and dentures may cause bone deterioration which often leads to a collapsed mouth or recessed jaw bone. Essentially, without the support of your natural tooth and its roots, your jaw bone losses mass and may change the shape of your face, making you appear older. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option designed to replicate your natural tooth and its roots, stimulating your jaw bone. Dental implants also help to maintain a straight, even smile, supporting adjacent teeth to ensure they don’t become misaligned.
With the proper care and maintenance, dental implants are a long-lasting solution for tooth replacements. Boasting a higher success rate than bridges and dentures, dental implants offer a range of oral health benefits as well as increased confidence in your smile.
To find out if you’re eligible for dental implants, contact our team at Tooth Crusader today on (02) 8097 1838.