Benefits of Dental Implants
Before we get into the benefits of dental implants, let’s first examine what exactly dental implants are. Before the advent of dental implants, the only alternatives were dentures and dental bridges, which both had disadvantages. Dental implants are permanent replacements for your tooth root. This then enables your dentist at Birch Dental Group to affix permanent or removable replacement teeth to the implant. The replacement teeth look, and feel, like your own teeth.
What are the Major Benefits of Dental Implants?
Appearance: When your own teeth are severely compromised, or missing, your facial appearance changes. Your face tends to sink in on itself. Your lips fold in and wrinkles appear. Dental implants are designed to fuse with the bone in your jaw and are therefore permanent. Implants fill in the gaps and help to maintain the facial structure. Implants look and feel like permanent teeth, and greatly enhance your appearance.
Speech: One of the unfortunate characteristics of dentures is that they tend to slip and slide around your mouth while you speak, causing you to stumble over your words causing possible embarrassment. Implants are permanently fixed into your mouth and greatly improve your speech.
Eating: The same applies when eating. Dentures tend to move in your mouth when you chew. Because implants look and act like permanent teeth, your ability to chew is greatly enhanced. Implants are far more comfortable, as they eliminate the hassles of removable dentures, such as applying messy denture adhesive.
Gum Pain: Dentures slip and slide around in your mouth. The constant movement can cause chafing, which results in gum pain. Implants cannot move, so gum pain caused by movement is completely eliminated.
Less Invasive Procedure: Dental implants are less invasive than a dental bridge. When the dentist prepares your mouth for a bridge, he often has to reduce the adjoining teeth to accommodate the bridge. With implants, this need for reduction of adjoining teeth is not necessary; which makes implants far less invasive than a bridge.
Durability: Dental implants are very durable and long-lasting. With adequate care, implants can last a lifetime. They really are just like getting your own teeth back.
Overall Health: Dental implants improve your overall health. It has long been established that oral health is vital for overall health. Insufficient oral care can result in periodontitis, or gum disease, which can severely compromise your overall health. If not attended to, gum disease can lead to heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. Because implants are individually placed, they make it much easier to maintain oral health as you can clean between the individual implants. This greatly improves your ability to maintain dental health and thereby overall health.
There is no doubt that dental implants are far superior to dentures and dental bridges. Because they are individually placed and permanent, implants greatly reduce the discomfort and embarrassment associated with dentures and bridges. Implants are easier to care for and look and act like your own teeth, greatly enhancing the functionality of your mouth. For more information regarding dental implants consult your neighbourhood dentist, who will be only too glad to discuss your suitability for dental implants.