If you’re missing one or more teeth, then dental implants may be the best solution for you. Most individuals that are in good health and whose jaw has finished growing is a candidate, whether they were simply born without a tooth or lost one or more teeth due to injury, decay, gum (periodontal) disease, infection or another reason. Dental implants also are a great option for patients who don’t want the drawbacks of, or can no longer wear, removable dentures.
Dental implants are typically made of titanium, a biocompatible material that is accepted by the body and serves as a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. Your natural bone locks the implant into place by fusing, or attaching itself, to the implant. This process, known as osseointegration, gives teeth replaced using implants the stability and strength to support replacement teeth, withstand daily use, and function like regular teeth.
The following are some great reasons that dental implants are good option for you:
They Look and Feel Natural: A dental implant feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth. Other options may interfere with your normal everyday eating, smiling, and speaking.
Worry-Free: Dental implants allow you to bite naturally, eat virtually anything you want, and brush your teeth normally.Dentures can feel uncomfortable when eating, restrict your food choices, and need to be removed for cleaning.
Not removable like a denture: Dental implants are fixed in place, so they won’t move, click or shift, giving you confidence in your smile.Dentures may slip when eating, talking or even laughing, which isn’t so funny.
Dental implants are built to last. That makes them your best long-term, cost-effective solution. Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges only last five to seven years, and with proper care often more than 10 years, but at some point they may need to be replaced. Those costs can really add up over time. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime.
The bottom line is that implants are a safe and cost-effective solution for missing teeth.