Dental implants are a great alternative to dentures or dental bridges in restoring your bite and giving you a complete smile. Unlike other treatments, a dental implant is a complete tooth replacement embedded directly into your jaw. When you lose a tooth or a tooth extraction becomes necessary because the tooth is severely decayed or diseased, you have several options to bring your smile back together. If you want a complete restoration of your teeth beyond dentures, a dental implant may be exactly what you are looking for.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Dental implants have a completely natural look – the crowns that cover the dental implant are custom made to fit your smile and teeth just right.
- Implants are directly connected to your jaw and function like natural teeth – most patients with dental implants report not being able to tell the difference between their implants and their natural teeth.
- Dental implants strengthen your jaw – when a tooth is lost, the place where your jawbone held the tooth deteriorates over time, weakening your jaw overall. An implant is inserted directly into that space and stimulates your jaw to continue generating bone in that area.
- Teeth adjacent to the implants gain stability – losing a tooth naturally causes the teeth around it to pull toward the gap, and an implant fills that space to keep the surrounding teeth where they are.
- Gums stay healthier when implants are used – missing teeth create areas for bacteria and food to get stuck; an implant prevents that from happening.
- Dental implants can reduce facial sagging and age in the face – bone loss from missing teeth causes the muscles and tissue in the face around that area to sag. An implant fills that space, strengthens the bone and jaw, and prevents premature sagging.
- Chewing power – compared to other treatments like dentures or bridges, you will notice a better, natural bite and ability to chew with dental implants without anything else in your mouth.
Things to Consider Before Getting Dental Implants
It is important to understand dental implants because it can take up to six months for an implant to fuse with your jawbone fully. Some might find the length and surgical nature of the process intimidating.
Second, not everyone is a great candidate for dental implants. Adequate and strong bone and gum structure are necessary for the implant procedure to be successful. This includes being free of periodontal disease and other serious infections or ongoing issues. When the underlying bone and gum structure is weak, this impacts the success rate for the dental implant.
Another factor is the tooth extraction site itself. If you just lost a tooth, you may need to wait for the jaw and tissue to heal before a dental implant is done. There are situations in which a tooth extraction is performed, and a dental implant is immediately put in place. If you are interested in getting dental implants right after an extraction, talk with us so that we can explore that option for you.
Talk to us About Dental Implants
Despite the challenges that can come with the dental implant procedure, most patients looking for a solution to a missing tooth are ideal candidates for implants. There are a lot of great benefits to dental implants that make them a more intensive treatment process worth it. Because it is such a big commitment, we understand you may have concerns or questions, and in the end, dental implants may or may not be what is best for you. We can answer any questions you have at your next appointment, or you can schedule a consultation with us today.