What are the Long-Term Benefits of Dental Implants?
In the past, dentures and bridges were the go-to solutions for missing teeth. Today, you have longer lasting options to restore your smile. Dental implants provide a permanent solution to tooth loss that looks and functions like natural teeth.
According to the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness, implants are generally 95 to 98% successful for periods of up to 50 years. With such an excellent success rate, dental implants are the long-term solution to both health and cosmetic problems and even solve the emotional problems caused by missing teeth.
Looking Great with Dental Implants
Replacing missing and damaged teeth with dental implants restores the appearance of your face. When teeth are missing, the jawbone stops regenerating. Continual contact between your teeth stimulates bone growth that keeps your jaw strong and able to support your teeth. Bone deterioration causes the face to sag and appear prematurely aged. The bottom part of the face can shrink, and wrinkles can form around the mouth.
A dental implant helps stimulate bone growth necessary for a more youthful appearance. Related bone grafts also help rebuild the jawbone, preventing the lower part of the face from shrinking.
Keeping Your Whole Mouth Healthy
When you care for them properly, dental implants can last a lifetime and improve your overall dental health. Implants are immune to cavities, so there is no risk of spreading decay and infection to other teeth. They can reduce the risk of periodontal disease which can prevent serious health problems, such as diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes. Cumberland Surgical Arts recommends good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist to ensure the long-term success of your implants.
Dental implants also protect healthy teeth from shifting. When teeth are missing, adjacent teeth can move to fill the gap, causing roots to become exposed or the bite to collapse. Dental implants permanently fill the gaps left by missing teeth, encouraging the surrounding teeth to stay in their proper position.
Recovering Lost Tooth Function
After you receive a dental implant, your speech will improve. Dentures can cause facial muscles to tense up as you attempt to hold them in place. Tense facial muscles can cause you to mumble or slur your speech. Shifting dentures can also cause clicking noises when speaking. With dental implants, your speech will return to normal.
Replacing missing teeth with dental implants lets you enjoy your food again. Dental implants restore your ability to chew any type of food because they are strong and stable. This includes healthy, nutrient-rich foods like fruits and vegetables, which people with missing teeth, dentures, or bridges may avoid due to discomfort. You can also enjoy the full taste of food that may have been masked by other dental apparatuses that cover parts of the mouth.
When Your Teeth Look Good, You Feel Good
In addition to long-term health benefits, dental implants also have positive emotional effects. Because implants replace both the root and crown of the tooth and are anchored to the jaw, they don’t slip or shift like dentures, giving you confidence while eating and speaking. When laughing or smiling, you will no longer feel the need to cover your mouth.
Because implants look and function like natural teeth, you can relax and enjoy social situations and one-on-one time with the special people in your life.
Why settle for a temporary solution to tooth loss, when dental implants provide lasting improvements to your health and general well-being?
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