3 Benefits of Dental Implants
Many people suffer with missing teeth, but you don’t have to. There are several ways Landmark Dental Group can help restore your smile.
Here are three benefits of dental implants:
They Are Durable
Dental implants are the most durable option to replace missing teeth as they can actually bond to your jaw bone. Normal teeth are held in place with ligaments, which keeps them sturdy and strong. Implants can’t grow ligaments, but bone will fuse with the titanium in the implant. This hold is nearly as strong as natural teeth.
Dentures only sit on the surface of your gums, so they are the least durable option. They can slip and move even when they fit properly. Dental bridges are more durable than dentures, but they are attached to existing teeth. While this is a strong bond, it isn’t as strong as titanium fused to bone. Plus, the wear and tear may cause your healthy teeth (those attached to the bridge) to weaken or become lose because they are absorbing more energy.
Single Implants Are Just Like Normal Teeth
Single implants are perfect if you have one or two missing teeth throughout your mouth, and they work just like normal teeth. With dentures, you must remove them for cleaning, and it’s best to remove them at night to give your mouth a break. Dental bridges can’t be removed, but you have to use special floss to floss under them — or risk decay.
Single dental implants are cleaned just like natural teeth. You brush the tooth when you brush your teeth, and you can floss between the teeth with regular floss. The tooth can’t decay, but it is important to keep the area clean or it may lead to gum disease around the implant or peri-implantitis, which can destroy the implant.
Several Options Exist
If you have more than one tooth missing, don’t worry. There are different types of dental implants. If you have several teeth missing in a row, and the dentist feels a dental bridge wouldn’t be strong enough, you can get an implant-supported bridge. It works the same as a traditional bridge, but instead of connecting to healthy teeth, it connects to implants. For example, if you have four missing teeth, the dentist will put two implants on the outer edges of the missing space, but the bridge will cover all four missing teeth.
If you have all of your teeth missing, but you don’t want regular dentures, implant-supported dentures are also an option. They use a few implants to secure your dentures in place. They are still removable, but they snap in your mouth, keeping them stationary and solid when you eat and talk.
In closing, you have missing teeth, dental implants are a smart option to consider. They are more expensive, but they are also the most durable and most realistic option available today. With proper care, a dental implant may even last the rest of your life. For more information, contact Landmark Dental Group today!