Understanding Dental Implants: What You Need to Know

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    Are you in need of a tooth replacement? Are you dreading the idea?

    We’ve all seen those folks with dentures that click when they talk. Or worse, slip or fall out when eating or laughing.

    The good news is, there is a great alternative to dentures. Dental implants are a much more sophisticated way to hang onto your teeth. And the best news is that they have a 98% success rate.

    So what are dental implants? Here’s what you need to know if you are considering this type of tooth replacement.

    What Are Dental Implants?

    Dental implants are a strong and natural looking form of tooth replacement. The top of the implant looks like a normal tooth.

    The bottom is titanium roots that the dentist will fuse to your jawbone. You don’t have to worry about the tooth falling out!

    What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

    Dental implants, bridges, and dentures are your basic options for replacing lost teeth. As we’ll see, the implants have several advantages over the other two types.

    They Don’t Damage Surrounding Teeth

    Bridges work by anchoring to surrounding teeth. Over time this can cause problems with those teeth. And implant avoids this altogether by using the bone for support.

    They Don’t Often Need Replacing

    It is rare to need to replace a dental implant. Once it’s anchored in your mouth, it’s there for good. That’s not the case with bridges and dentures. Both could need replacing several times throughout your lifespan.

    They Don’t Mess With Your Ability to Speak

    Folks often have a bit of trouble adjusting to removable dentures. They often have to relearn how to talk. Dentures are cumbersome and interfere with normal mouth movement.

    Implants don’t mess with any of that. You get new teeth that look and feel like your old ones.

    They Don’t Slip Around

    Dentures can slip or even fall out while eating, talking, laughing, coughing and so on. Pretty much anything you do with your mouth poses this danger.

    As we’ve mentioned, dentists fuse dental implants to the bone. There’s no slipping or falling out to worry about.

    They Maintain Your Natural Face Shape

    Your teeth are important for supporting your face. Ever noticed how your grandpa’s face kinda looked like it was sagging? That’s a result of using dentures.

    Dentures come out at night for cleaning. That means that they are not supporting the face for hours every day. Over time, the face begins to sag and the smile changes.

    Implants never come out. They stay in there supporting your face like natural teeth do.

    Dental Implants for your Tooth Replacement

    Those implants are sounding pretty good, right? Don’t put off getting your teeth replaced because of the stigmas surrounding it. Dentures and bridges are not your only options.

    Preserve your smile with quality dental implants. Once you get them, you don’t have to think about them ever again. You even care for them the same as you would normal teeth.

    To learn more about dental implants, feel free to contact us today! We provide a wide variety of dental services, including implants.