Nobody wants to have missing teeth. Losing one or more teeth is slightly embarrassing at best and prevents you from getting a job at worst. Most people turn to bridges or dentures to correct missing teeth. If you have lost a significant number of teeth, dentures might seem like the most convenient way to restore the aesthetics of your teeth. But is it the best way? Dental implants have many more benefits than dentures that go beyond the aesthetics of your smile.
Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss
Here’s a quick science lesson. Teeth not only help you chew; they also maintain the integrity of your jawbone. Vibrations caused by your teeth when you chew stimulate the bone and prevent atrophy (degeneration). When you lose your teeth and use dentures, your jaw no longer receives this stimulation. Over time, this can lead to bone loss.
Since dental implants are embedded into the jawbone, they stimulate the jaw in the same manner as your original teeth. Preventing this bone loss can help you:
- Maintain your ability to chew
- Ensure that you keep your ability to speak
- Keep a defined and healthy jawline (gum line)
Dental Implants Are Permanent
Once a dental implant is placed, it functions and acts like a tooth; dental implants are permanently fixed in the jawbone. It doesn’t require removal for maintenance like dentures do, and you don’t have to worry about dental implants becoming lost or misplaced. Implants also prevent the discomfort that can be caused by shifting or rubbing dentures.
They Act As Regular Teeth
If you find it hard to eat specific foods with your dentures, you won’t have those issues with dental implants. Once the implants and teeth are securely placed, they function the same as regular teeth. You should even be able to eat food that is hard to chew.
Additionally, you can clean dental implants along with the rest of your teeth. Simply brush them twice daily and floss regularly. Maintaining proper dental hygiene is important to prevent any further tooth loss or gum disease.