Dental implants are considered to be the gold standard of tooth replacement options. Replacing a lost or damaged tooth with a dental implant is as close as having your own natural tooth. Dentists and periodontists recommend this option first, only resorting to other options by patient request or in special cases.
Thinking of replacing a tooth with a dental implant? Consider the top 4 benefits of this procedure.
- Natural Function. A dental implant consists of a titanium post that is surgically implanted in the jaw bone with a crown attached to the top. Titanium is biocompatible with human bone so that it can osseointegrate (bond with) the existing jaw bone for a solid hold. This allows your implant to function as closely as possible to your natural teeth. You can eat whatever foods you like without worrying about potential damage. You may even be able to eat foods you couldn’t eat before when your tooth was missing or damaged. You floss and brush your teeth just as you would have before getting your implant.
- Natural Appearance. Another major benefit of a dental implant is the natural look it gives you. An implant crown is designed to match your existing teeth almost perfectly in color, size, and shape. If you are replacing a front tooth, an implant will be undetectable to others when you smile and talk. Back teeth are even easier to replace with similar-looking implants as they are less visible. If you’re looking for the most realistic-looking option, a dental implant is the way to go.
- Bone Preservation. When you lose a tooth or have a tooth extracted without replacing it, the part of the jaw bone that once held it in place will begin to deteriorate. The bone will weaken gradually and can eventually dissolve altogether. A dental bridge or dentures can replace your teeth, but will not be able to preserve the bone underneath. A dental implant, however, preserves the existing bone structure by bonding with the jaw bone and supporting it. Bone loss can even be reversed via a bone graft procedure in preparation for a dental implant.
- Longevity. When properly placed and maintained, a dental implant can last for many years. The average lifespan of an implant is 15-30 years, sometimes even longer. The average age of patients receiving dental implants is 52, meaning an implant that lasts for 30 years will likely be with you forever. To get the most years out of your implant, it is necessary to have it placed by an experienced dentist or periodontist who knows how to properly handle the procedure. It is also important to maintain good oral hygiene so that your teeth, gums, and jaw bone remain healthy to support your implant.
Trust Periodontal Associates With Your Dental Implant Procedure
As stated above, one of the biggest factors affecting the length of time your dental implant lasts is the experience of your dentist or periodontist. At Periodontal Associates, we use the latest technology and techniques to place dental implants accurately and efficiently. You can expect a successful procedure and an implant that will last a lifetime.
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