Benefits of Dental Implants
If you have one or more missing teeth, it's important to investigate the different options for replacing those missing teeth. You may like the low upfront cost of partial or full dentures or dental bridges. Dr. White is an expert in restoring missing teeth using several different methods, but he routinely counsels his patients to consider dental implants carefully. Here are some of the most important benefits of dental implants.
Implants Function Just Like Your Normal Teeth
Unlike dentures, which are pressure fitted to your gums or attached to surrounding teeth with wires or dental cement, dental implants are anchored into your jaw tissue. Because they fuse with the bone similarly to your teeth, they are independently supported, which means they look and function just like the rest of your teeth. This means that you wonâ€™t have to worry about denture adhesives or metal brackets. Your implants will look and function just like your normal teeth. In addition to helping you to avoid embarrassment and hassles, dental implants make it easier to eat and talk without thinking about your teeth.
Dental Implants Are Easy To Care For
When patients get traditional dental bridges or dentures, they are usually charged with the task of trying to brush and floss around complicated metal structures that hold the teeth in place, or removing the denture to clean it day and night. However, because dental implants are self-supported, they are just as easy to care for as your natural teeth. Dental implants simply need to be brushed, flossed, rinsed, and checked regularly by your dentist.
Implants Can Last A Lifetime
If you want a dental repair that will stand the test of time, dental implants are the solution you have been looking for. Unlike dentures, which typically need to be replaced after 5-10 years, research has shown that dental implants, when cared for properly, can last for a lifetime. As you consider the costs, keep in mind that dentures and bridges may need to be replaced several times over the course of your life, while the right set of implants could last for the rest of your life.
Dental Implants Preserve Bone Tissue
In addition to longevity and natural function, dental implants help to keep your jawbone healthy and strong. When you talk and eat during the day, your natural teeth and your dental implants transfer pressure that stimulates the bone of your jaw. This stimulation promotes blood flow and cell growth, which keeps your jawbone healthy, strong, and shapely. Unfortunately, dentures donâ€™t offer this stimulation, which means that your bone tissue can slowly deteriorate -- which can eventually change the shape of your face.
Implants Protect Surrounding Teeth
Most people don't realize it, but bridges can actually compromise the health of the teeth that help to support them. For example, some fixed bridges use neighboring healthy teeth for support, which means that those teeth are constantly tugged throughout the day. Also, bridges are typically attached by caps to adjacent teeth, healthy tooth enamel must be ground away to create a proper fit. As a dentist concerned with his patients' long term health, Dr. White is always hesitant to remove healthy tissue for any reason. Dental implants are completely clear of adjacent teeth. Additionally, they protect the alignment of your mouth by filling the space in your bone that other would otherwise migrate into, causing misalignment of all of your teeth.
Dental implants Can Completely Transform Your Smile
Last but not least, dental implants are a great way to completely makeover your smile. At Advanced Dental Concepts, Dr. White will talk with you about how you want your smile to look, and then work hard to restore a complete and beautiful set of teeth. Since implants are completely customized for your mouth, you won't have to worry about your prosthetic teeth blending in with existing natural teeth. Your smile will look natural, feel comfortable, and help you to avoid embarrassing situations.
Make an appointment with Dr. White today to discuss whether dental implants are right for you. He and his friendly staff are always happy to meet new patients. We are proud to serve patients from Broomall, Philadelphia, and all over Delaware County.