Aesthetics, Function, and More: 4 Ways Dental Implants Are a Great Option
Benefits of Dental Implants Restoration
Tooth loss is a big issue that millions of adults over the age of 30 face. Damage from periodontitis, or advanced gum disease, is the primary culprit of tooth loss in adults, followed closely by untreated tooth decay. Even people with optimal oral health may still face tooth loss from unavoidable accidents and dental injuries.
In past decades, options for replacing missing teeth were limited. Dental bridges were the most common solution, and they remain an affordable choice still today. However, dental implants are rapidly becoming the new standard of care for replacing missing teeth in adults.
Dental implant surgery’s astounding success and popularity largely come from these 4 unique advantages.
1. Lab techs artistically craft dental implants to resemble natural teeth in color and shape.
Dental implants are designed to look ultra-realistic and indistinguishable from the natural teeth in a person’s smile. They mimic a real tooth’s structure, with the titanium post being the root and the crown representing the tooth itself.
Dental lab techs go to great lengths to get the color and shape of the implant crown to look just right. Your implant dentist near Highland Park, TX, will provide them with detailed images, impressions, and other information so they can create a crown that fits perfectly with your other teeth. If you’re receiving a full-mouth restoration with dental implants, they’ll still examine impressions and images to ensure your new teeth fit your face and jaw structure.
2. Dental implants feel like real teeth, and they’re even taken care of the same way.
Dental bridges are comfortable, but they may still feel like a foreign object when you run your tongue over it or brush your teeth. On the other hand, dental implants truly feel like real teeth and don’t require special care at home.
Fully healed dental implants are just as stable and supportive as real teeth, and because the posts sit under the gums, you can continue caring for them like usual. Brush twice a day for two minutes, and be sure to floss between every tooth—including your dental implants.
3. You can eat the foods you love and chew without frustration after your dental implants are healed.
Dental implants not only feel like real teeth but also function like real teeth too. The bite strength of healed dental implants is comparable to natural, healthy teeth. You’ll be able to eat all the foods you love without fear of long-term dietary limitations. And you’ll be able to chew with confidence knowing your implants are firmly in place and won’t be shifting or popping out of place.
Eating a variety of food and being able to chew thoroughly is crucial for nutrient absorption. Missing teeth and less stable restorations, such as dentures, can make it difficult for people to eat a varied diet or chew their food completely. After dental implant surgery, many people may see a boost in energy and overall health from an improved appetite and digestion.
4. Dental implants preserve jawbone density, thereby preventing further tooth loss and facial sagging.
One of the most important benefits of dental implants is their long-term impact on jawbone health. They are the only prosthetic tooth restoration capable of stopping bone loss in the jaw and preventing further density loss post-surgery.
The titanium post placed within your jaw provides the same stimulation level as a natural tooth’s root. It encourages the jawbone to remain a healthy density, thereby preventing future tooth loss. A healthy jawbone also supports healthy facial muscles and prevents premature facial aging and sagging, a common problem denture wearers experience.
Book a consultation with Dr. Alhadef to determine if dental implants are right for you.
Generally speaking, dental implants are ideal for healthy adults with mature jaw development and no existing uncontrolled medical conditions.
Contrary to popular belief, dental implant surgery has no upper age limit. In fact, many seniors are opting for All-on-4 dental implants as a superior alternative to their dentures. There is, however, a minimum age limit that varies between individuals.
You must be at least 18 years of age, and your jaw must be finished growing before surgery can safely occur. The jawbone can continue to grow and develop into a person’s early to mid-20s, which is why a thorough evaluation is crucial before moving forward with any sort of dental implant surgery.
Dr. Alhadef can determine if you’re a candidate for dental implant surgery after reviewing your X-rays and performing a visual evaluation. Schedule your consultation today via online request or call our centrally located Dallas office, near University and Highland Park, TX.