Are you missing teeth? If so, you are not alone. Over half of all middle-aged adults in the US are missing one or more teeth. The good news is that dental implants are not only a durable, reliable solution, they are also more affordable than you might think.
Dental implants are permanent posts or anchors that are surgically placed into the jawbone. The surrounding bone heals in about six months after a dental implant surgery.
This solid, secure, anchor point provides a stable base for long-term tooth replacement. Customized dental crowns or artificial teeth, are then attached to the implants.
Because dental implants become part of the jawbone over time, they look and feel like natural teeth. The result is a new, artificial tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from a natural tooth. The tooth or teeth are both aesthetically pleasing and fully functional.
In the case of more than one missing tooth, dental implants can act as an attachment point for an implant denture. This is a removable denture that attaches to the implants and mimics the look and feel of several natural teeth in the mouth.
Traditionally, one or more missing teeth would be treated with partial or full “false teeth,” also known as dentures or bridges. So, why go with dental implants instead? While dental implants have a reputation for being more expensive than dentures and bridges, dental implants have several advantages.
Feel, and Function
For most people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural, and functions identically to natural teeth. Because of its stable anchor in the jawbone, an artificial tooth, or denture, attached to the dental implant stays in the correct position.
It doesn’t slide or move when you talk or eat, unlike dentures or bridges which can shift unpredictably. Dental implants allow you to eat your favorite foods, talk with comfort, and smile with confidence again.
Dental implants can last much longer than dentures, bridges, or other dental appliances. Studies have reported that the long-term success rate of dental implants is over 95%.
Dental implants are made from titanium material, similar to hip and knee replacement implants. This material adheres to the jawbone as it heals over time. The crown of a dental implant is made from strong and attractive porcelain material and can be made to specifically match the color of your surrounding teeth.
Dental implants are made to last a lifetime with good dental care. Compare this with dentures which typically only last five to seven years, and bridges, which typically last seven to ten years.
Most patients never need to worry about having their dental implants replaced or resized every few years, as is typical with other types of dental appliances. This can save you money in the long term. Especially when it comes to the cost of dental appliances, repetitive dental work, and routine dental care overall.
Dental implants don’t require daily removal because once implanted, they become a permanent part of your jawbone. You won’t need to reapply adhesives or clean them every night as you’d need to do with dentures or bridges. Simply wake up in the morning, go about your day, and don’t worry about your teeth.
Mouth Health and Bone
Dental implants can be precisely placed in the proper position in the jawbone without damaging the surrounding healthy teeth and bone. And because of their direct implantation into bone, dental implants act like natural tooth roots. They stimulate the jawbone, which prevents it from deteriorating over time. This also helps avoid a sunken-in appearance around your mouth that can make you look older. By contrast, dentures accelerate jawbone loss and can cause gum sores and irritation, and a bridge requires healthy teeth to be ground down, permanently damaging them.
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Dental implants are superior to dentures or bridges in
treating patients who have missing or damaged teeth. Dental implants have a more realistic look, feel, and function, are longer-lasting, reliable, convenient, and preserve more bone tissue. In addition, dental implants are very affordable and will very likely save you money over the long term.
At Poling Family Dental Care, we offer a full range of dental implant treatment options and have the expertise to provide you with the best possible care.
Contact us today to discuss how we can help improve your dental health.