If you’ve lost any teeth at all, dental implants are the best choice for restoring your dentition. Unlike other options, implants allow to replace your missing teeth with full functionality. Whether you are missing one tooth or many, implant-based restorations are the only option that will make you feel like you have your natural teeth back—except these won’t get cavities!
1. Comfort and Stability
If you already wear a partial or full arch of dentures, you know they are not as stable as natural teeth. Dentures can slip out of place and this limits the types of food you can eat, especially when dining with friends. There’s nothing more embarrassing than someone noticing your plate slipping out of place.
Implant-based dentures never slip: the titanium base is fused to the jawbone, just like natural teeth, and the prosthetic has a well-designed locking mechanism. They don’t come loose until you remove them for cleaning. Furthermore, ill fitting dentures can cause sore gums, and even contribute to oral sores and lesions. This should never happen with implant-based prosthetics.
Implant-based prosthetics have come a long way in their design. For single implants and bridges, dental crowns are made of natural looking dental porcelain, and will blend in with your natural teeth. Dentures are made of an acrylic base designed to look like healthy gum tissue, with either acrylic or porcelain teeth.
The artistry of this craft is such that you can even have your arches designed to look similar to the natural teeth you have lost. Dr. Dham will make sure your replacement teeth are pleasing to the eye, to give you a smile you’ll want to show off.
3. More Years of Dependable Use
With traditional dentures, you have the issue of relining or refitting dentures every few years, as your jawbone changes over time. This means more trips to the dentist and added costs. With dental implants, however, you completely avoid the bone deterioration that makes all those updates necessary.
Once a set of implant dentures is in place, it is a permanent solution. If you are only missing one or two teeth, an implant or implant bridge is equally permanent, and should not need any adjustment.
4. Prevent Jawbone Deterioration
A shrinking jaw is one of the most visible and embarassing signs of aging. Dental implants are a wonderful choice because they prevent the bone loss that usually accompanies missing teeth.
When you lose a tooth, there is no longer a dental ligament connecting the tooth to the bone, and this signals to your body to conserve resources. It ceases sending the vital minerals needed to keep the bone tissue healthy. Over a period of a decade or more, the lower half of your face will slowly diminish.
Even the loss of just one tooth can trigger your body to initiate this process for that area. Over time, you will notice other changes in your jaw, as well. The empty space can lead to other teeth drifting into a less-stable alignment, and your whole bite may become misaligned.
Whether it’s one missing tooth or many, implants prevent these negative changes to your jaw, so your face can retain its natural appearance.
Dental implants offer conservative solutions to fit each patient’s needs. More patients are able to keep their healthy natural teeth, as implant prosthetics are so versatile in how they can be constructed. With implants, fewer patients need to have teeth extracted to make room for a full denture. Furthermore, implant dentures can be attached permanently for patients who may be more likely to lose track of them. The possibilities are endless!