Dental implants are far superior to other treatments for missing teeth. Although they require surgery, and the process for restoring your smile takes longer than bridges or dentures, no other procedure can compete with dental implants when it comes to replacing teeth. Here are four benefits of dental implants that make them the premier choice for replacing missing teeth.
Dental Implants Function as Natural Teeth
Dental implants function like a natural tooth. Not only do the crowns match your other teeth in shape, size, and color, the implants themselves mimic the function of a natural tooth root. In natural teeth, the tooth root anchors the crown to your jaw. With dental implants, the biocompatible screw serves as a tooth root, anchoring the crown to your jaw. This strong support helps to restore proper chewing and your bite force. It also helps to correct difficulties with speech and allows for normal brushing and flossing. Dental implants also play a vital role in stabilizing adjacent teeth. This prevents teeth from shifting into the gap left by a missing tooth.
Dental implants do not require special care. Simply brush twice daily, and floss once daily. They do not require special cleaning solutions or adhesives. Unlike dentures, implants will not slip, or become loose. Even better? Because each dental implant is topped with a crown, they are not susceptible to decay and therefore will not develop cavities.
Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement treatment that can preserve your jawbone. When you are missing teeth, the jawbone begins to recede. Over time, this loss of jawbone leads to a sunken look. As a result, missing teeth are directly responsible for premature aging.
However, dental implants preserve the jawbone. The biocompatible screws that are surgically implanted in the jaw replace the tooth root. The jawbone and tissues treat the screw as a tooth root and begin growing up the implant after surgery. Over several months, the implant will become securely anchored to the jawbone, preventing further loss of bone, and preserving your facial structure.
Dental Implants May Last a Lifetime
Unlike dental bridges that may need to be replaced every 8-10 years, dental implants last decades, with good oral hygiene habits. For many adults, dental implants will last a lifetime. The implants and the durable crowns are not at risk of developing cavities or decay, so regular dental cleanings, exams, and good oral care at home will ensure your dental implants last at least 20 years, if not longer.
Dental Implants Help Boost Self-Esteem
Studies have shown time and again that tooth loss leads to anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, and other mental health issues. This often leads to avoidance of social situations, or neglecting to seek out a job, and otherwise results in a reduced quality of life. By replacing missing teeth with durable, natural-looking dental implants, patients experience a boost in self-confidence and self-esteem.
Dental Implants in Westford & Bedford, MA
At Emerson Dental our goal is to help you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile that you’re not afraid to show others. No one should let missing teeth reduce their quality of life. If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, we invite you to contact us today. Our experienced, compassionate, and skilled dentists, periodontist and endodontist are here to provide dental treatment that will improve your oral health, self-esteem, and your overall well-being. Request an appointment online today.