If you have lost one or more teeth, there are several different treatments that might be able to fill in the gap and help you once again enjoy a complete smile. Each treatment option has unique advantages, but dental implants offer more — and greater — benefits than other types of tooth replacement. On this page, you will learn about some of the reasons why dentists and patients alike regard dental implants as the best way to rebuild lost dentition.
Dental implants themselves are dark in color because they are made out of a titanium alloy. However, they virtually disappear after they are inserted into the bone. The restorations that get placed on top of the implants are carefully crafted to complement a patient’s unique facial features. Their every detail, including their size, shape, and color, is meant to look and feel completely natural. Many people find that the beautiful appearance of dental implants gives them a much-needed confidence boost!
With some types of tooth replacement, including traditional dentures, you must avoid certain foods or take extra precautions when you eat. Dental implants are different. They function similarly to natural teeth and are able to handle virtually any food, whether it is a juicy steak, crunchy raw vegetables, or your favorite movie time snack.
Traditional dentures may last for 5 – 10 years, while a fixed bridge might endure for 10 – 15 years. Over time, repeatedly replacing these types of tooth replacement can become bothersome and expensive. Dental implants boast a much longer life expectancy. In fact, it is not unusual for them to last for a patient’s entire lifetime! The restorations on top of them may also last for many years.
Tooth loss leads to bone loss in the jaw. Over time, the bone loss can reach the point where the jaw is visibly smaller than it once was. Plus, the absence of teeth can create a sunken facial appearance that is often associated with old age. Dental implants help to preserve the jawbone and allow patients to retain their face’s natural, youthful facial shape for as long as possible.
Caring for dental implants does not require a lot of time or effort. In fact, in many ways, you can care for them in the same way that you would care for natural teeth. You should thoroughly brush them twice a day and floss once a day. If you have a removable implant-supported prosthetic, you should take it out of your mouth every night to clean it. It is also important that you visit us for twice-yearly checkups so we can ensure that your dental implants are continuing to thrive.
Would you like to learn more about how dental implants might be able to benefit you? Contact New Haven Dental Group in Branford today to schedule your FREE dental implant consultation.