The advancements of dentistry have made it more possible than ever to replace teeth that both look and feel natural. However, when you’re going over your options, it’s important to note that dental implants truly stand out from the rest. If you’ve been thinking about replacing single, multiple, or all the teeth in your smile for quite some time, it’s worth knowing why the benefits of dental implants are not only revolutionary, but life-changing. Below, you can learn from our dentists at Texas Dentistry precisely why that is. Feel free to give our office a call if you need more of your questions answered!
While dentures and bridges can replace teeth for many years, their longevity pales in comparison to dental implants. On average, dentures and bridges need to be replaced or repaired after just three to seven years of use. In contrast, dental implants last for several decades and in many cases the rest of the patient’s life. This longevity means you pay significantly less overall compared to other tooth replacement options, despite the higher upfront cost.
Since dental implants are the only tooth replacement that fuses with bone tissue, they are also the only treatment that works to stimulate your jaw. This is because the root portion, which is made from biocompatible titanium, is constantly stimulating the jaw bone and keeping it strong. The integration process also allows blood flow to occur, so your face no longer sags prematurely. This is a common side effect of tooth loss not resolvable with dentures or dental bridges.
Thanks to the improved jaw strength provided by dental implants, chewing your favorite foods is easy, no matter how tough, chewy, crunchy or hard they might be. Want to enjoy a ribeye steak? Love a crisp and flavorful apple? Want to simply chew gum with confidence? Dental implants are able to keep up with your lifestyle and ensure your diet remains varied and nutritional.
While dental bridges can be difficult to complete and most dentures require you to remove them for proper sanitization, dental implants are maintained no differently than your natural teeth. That means brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and maintaining routine dental checkups at our office are all you really need to do to keep your dental implants healthy. As a bonus, you won’t have to worry about your restoration decaying since it’s made from inorganic material.
If you want your smile to look truly natural, you’re going to need to take your facial esthetics into account as well. Remember, tooth loss can cause dramatic changes to your overall appearance, not just your smile. When you’re replacing teeth with dental implants, you’re staying proactive against the long-term esthetic problems that can develop when you only replace teeth via dental bridges or dentures.