Teeth are strong, stable, and meant to last a lifetime. Yet, they’re vulnerable to damage and decay, making tooth loss a common occurrence. In fact, it’s estimated that close to 180 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and roughly 40 million Americans are missing all of their natural teeth. Fortunately, the latest in dentistry options can help. Here at A Caring Dental Group, our talented cosmetic and implant dentist, Dr. Benedict Kim, recommends dental implants.
Dr. Kim takes pride in restoring smiles aesthetically and functionally. Take a minute to learn the top five reasons dental implants are superior to other teeth replacement options.
1. Dental implants look like your natural teeth
Dental implants are custom constructed to blend seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. This natural solution feels and looks like your natural teeth. Dr. Kim meticulously matches your new implants to your natural teeth in size, color, and shape. Once they’re in place, they’re indistinguishable from your natural teeth. When you talk and eat, implants feel like they’ve always been a part of your mouth.
2. Dental implants offer superior functionality
Dental implants are constructed of tooth and root, giving them superior functionality over impermanent restorative options. The root of a dental implant consists of a titanium screw that is securely and permanently implanted into your jawbone. Your jawbone then fuses around the new metal root to provide stability. The crown makes up your new tooth and is attached to the root. Your new crown is the only visible part and it looks just like your natural tooth.
What does this mean for you? It means you can eat all of your favorite foods without worrying about your dental work slipping out of place. No need to avoid nuts, popcorn, or other foods that can cause problems with other restorative dental options. You care for your dental implants just as you would your natural teeth. No special solutions or extra cleaning steps to fuss with.
3. Dental implants promote oral health
Missing teeth aren’t just an aesthetic issue. Failing to replace missing teeth causes your oral health to decline. Dental implants help keep your mouth healthy in various ways, including:
- Lowering the risk of bone loss
- Preserving existing jawbone
- Preventing adjacent teeth from shifting out of place
- Reducing the risk of gum disease
- Providing a lasting solution that isn’t susceptible to cavities
- Eliminating the need to alter adjacent teeth as would be needed for dental bridges
- Cutting the risk of needing more complicated dental procedures in the future
Implants also help you retain your natural face shape, preventing your skin from sagging into the vacant spaces of missing teeth.
4. Dental implants are durable
Dental implants are permanent replacements for your missing teeth. If you take care of your dental implants as you do your natural teeth, they’ll last a lifetime. This eliminates the need for extensive dental reconstruction down the line.
And since dental implants are as durable as natural teeth, you can enjoy all of your favorite foods without worry. Your implants are made for it.
5. Dental implants restore self-confidence
When you have dentures or other types of removable restorations, you risk them slipping out of place when you least expect it. Dentures also take some getting used to and may make it difficult for you to speak clearly and comfortably.
With dental implants, there’s no messy adhesives to worry about to keep them in place. Once your dentist implants your new tooth, you can rest assured that it’s secure. You’ll have no worries about your implant slipping midsentence or while you’re snacking on your favorite nuts or pita chips.
Replacing missing teeth is the best thing you can do for your oral health and your self-confidence. It makes a difference to your overall health and well-being, and implants are the superior choice.
To see if implants can help you, schedule a consultation online or over the phone with Dr. Kim at A Caring Dental Group today.