If you are currently dealing with the loss of one or more of your permanent teeth, you are far from alone. In fact, around 69% of all adults aged 35 through 44, accounting for nearly 100 million people, have lost one or more of their permanent teeth. Thankfully, there is hope in the form of lifetime tooth replacement. This means whether you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, there is a permanent, natural-looking solution to achieve a beautiful smile through modern dental implants.
Lasting Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a cost-effective, long-lasting, and reliable tooth replacement option when you have lost one or more of your permanent teeth. The following are additional benefits of choosing this method of restoring your smile:
- They are designed to last a lifetime, meaning they aren’t a temporary fix, but a long-term investment.
- They beautifully match your existing teeth in both appearance and function, making them blend in so well that you might not even be able to tell where they are.
- They are strong and stable and function just like your natural teeth.
- They do not negatively impact the surrounding natural teeth.
- They help preserve existing jawbone preventing further loss.
- You do not have to remove them, so there is no slurred speech or limited food choices.
The Popularity of Dental Implants
Dental implants are an extremely popular treatment option for those who have lost teeth. In fact, each year, more than half a million people get dental implants. The following are just a few reasons that make dental implants such a popular way to address the problem of tooth loss:
- They Provide a Long-Lasting Solution: As mentioned earlier, dental implants are not a temporary fix. Instead, they provide a long-lasting solution to the problem of tooth loss. Through the process of osseointegration, the titanium used in the dental implant biologically fuses with the natural bone, promoting bone growth, ensuring lasting results and a stronger jawbone. In essence, dental implants are planted like a root within the jaw, allowing you to maintain your facial shape and ensuring long-term bite stabilization.
- They Are Cost-Effective: Admittedly, dental implant cost can be more expensive up front than other options for replacing lost teeth like dentures. However, when you consider the fact that dentures have to be replaced every seven to 15 years, while dental implants are a one-and-done investment, you are getting a greater return for your money with implants, making them the most cost-effective choice.
- They Look Great: In addition to the fact that they provide a lifetime solution, dental implants also look great. They are custom-shaped to your mouth, fitting naturally into your existing smile. In terms of how they look and function, you cannot tell they are not your real, natural teeth.
- Promote Oral Health: Implants don’t decay or get cavities, unlike the natural teeth with which you were born. Although you still need to brush dental implants in order to keep your gums healthy and the other teeth nearby free from bacteria and food particles, taking care of a dental implant is overall easier than maintaining natural teeth. In addition, unlike other options like tooth-supported bridges, dental implants do not require the reduction of other healthy teeth in order to support themselves. This means more of your natural teeth are left intact, leading to greater oral health long-term.
Another option for utilizing implants in addition to replacing lost teeth is to use them to secure dentures in place. This means your dentures will stay in place, via the custom-created implant-retained denture that snaps into place or full mouth dental implants. The result provides amazing stability and restores natural function which often isn’t possible when dentures are involved.
Benefits of Permanent Dentures
The following are some advantages of choosing dental implant-supported dentures or denture implants:
- Stronger Fit: The implants will prevent the typical slippage seen with dentures and hold them in place.
- Stop Bone Loss: Bone loss can be caused by denture use. Thankfully, implants help prevent this bone loss and maintain the natural structure of your face.
- Less Pain: Dentures can be painful to wear due to the pressure points that exist creating painful sore spots. Implants can help reduce these pressure points and the resulting pain.
- Speak Clearly: Dentures sometimes make it difficult to speak naturally due to movement within the mouth. Implants secure them, so they don’t move around and impede your natural speaking ability.
If restoring your smile is something you consider after experiencing missing teeth, dental implants offer a long-lasting, cost-effective solution that promotes oral health and is designed to enhance the smile. We would love to meet with you via a complimentary tooth implant consultation where you can learn more about dental implants as a solution to your tooth loss issue or help stabilize your dentures.