Close to 180 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Replacing missing teeth is not only important to the health of your remaining natural teeth, it’s good for your overall health. When natural teeth are missing, you can lose functionality and experience various issues, such as bite misalignment, as a result.
Dental implants restore your smile and help preserve your natural teeth. For 25 years, prominent dentist Dr. Benedict Kim at A Caring Dental Group in Cleveland, Ohio, has been dedicated to improving lives one smile at a time. Dr. Kim offers several options for replacing missing teeth and can help you decide which option is the best fit for you.
Dental implants are an excellent option for most patients. Read on to learn five advantages of choosing dental implants.
1. Permanent solution
Unlike tooth replacement options such as dentures, dental implants provide a permanent solution for replacing your missing teeth. Dental implants are firmly attached to your jawbone.
With proper care, they’ll serve their purpose for years to come. Dental implants can last more than 25 years.
2. Whole tooth replacement
While dentures and bridges replicate the portion of your tooth above the gumline, they don’t provide whole tooth replacement.
A dental implant mimics the whole tooth structure. Dr. Kim securely inserts a titanium root into your jawbone to support the crown. It looks, feels, and functions like your natural tooth.
This provides a firm, permanent structure that can last a lifetime with care.
3. Natural looking
Dental implants have become the gold standard for replacing missing teeth, and for good reason. They provide the most natural-looking result.
Dental implants are designed to look just like your natural teeth. This gives you the confidence to smile without worrying about your teeth appearing fake.
4. Restores dental function
Missing teeth can make it a pain to eat certain food, such as nuts and some fruits. Many people find themselves skipping certain food to avoid problems.
Dental implants work just like your natural teeth and because they’re securely and permanently placed, you won’t have to worry about them slipping or falling out while eating popcorn or your other favorite foods. Your dental implants will feel and function exactly like your natural teeth.
5. Preserves facial features
When a tooth is missing, your remaining teeth can shift and your bite can change. This is often noticeable in a change in your facial features. The longer you leave the missing tooth unaddressed, the more pronounced this change can become.
Dental implants preserve your facial features and protect your facial appearance.
Versatility of dental implants
Dental implants are versatile. A single implant can support multiple crowns, so you don’t necessarily need an implant for each missing tooth.
There are also hybrid implant/denture systems, where two or more implants serve as a solid “snap on” point for denture plates. Although they remain removable like conventional dentures, there’s no worry of spontaneous slippage.
If tooth loss impacts your life, it’s time to discuss tooth replacement options. For dental implants and all your other dental needs, schedule an appointment by phone or online today.