Top Benefits Of A Dental Implants Procedure
August is designated Dental Implant Month. At Dores Dental, we explain the benefits of a dental implants procedure to our patients almost every day. Whether you’re missing one tooth, a few teeth, or all your teeth, implants could give you back everything you thought you’d lost with your teeth.
Talk to our Longmeadow, MA dentist about this incredible tooth replacement option that has enhanced and changed millions of lives. That includes patients right here in our community! Set up a consultation by calling 413-241-3995.
Dental Implants Work Like Real Teeth
Implants work in a completely different way from any other tooth replacement. That’s because they are placed in your jawbone and literally become part of your mouth. They don’t sit on top of your gums like dentures. They don’t rely on other teeth to stay in place, like bridges do.
Both of those options surely have their place, and for some people, they are the best option. But dental implants actually replace your tooth roots and become part of your jaw. When topped with dental restorations like crowns, bridges, or dentures, they have the unique ability to mimic real teeth.
Dental Implants Restore Your Ability To Eat & Speak Like Normal
Because implants are so secure in your mouth, they hold tightly onto your replacement teeth. You can eat the foods you want again. Some of our patients hadn’t eaten a steak or corn on the cob for years. When they got their implants and could eat these foods again, they knew it was worth every cent.
When you can eat foods comfortably again, you don’t have to pass on that dinner invitation or pick only the softer foods at family dinners because you know that’s all you can handle. Your teeth won’t come out with your food or end up in your water glass! They’ll stay where they’re supposed to. And you won’t need adhesives to keep them there. That’s one of the biggest complaints with people who have ill-fitting dentures.
When your teeth are secure and don’t move around, you can also speak like normal again. You won’t have to slur your words or worry that your implants will come out when you talk. People will understand you without having to repeat yourself!
Dental Implants Preserve Your Oral & Overall Health
Dental implants bond to your bone. As artificial tooth roots, they transfer the pressure of eating to that bone, just like natural, healthy teeth do. That pressure stimulates the bone and keeps it strong. That’s a great benefit for people who are missing teeth. When you lose a tooth, you lose the bone underneath too. That process can take place pretty quickly. It’s one of the reasons we often encourage people who have just lost teeth or had extractions to get implants soon. They will still have enough bone left for the implants to be placed in.
Another health-related benefit is that single implants don’t affect nearby teeth. For example, a regular bridge must be attached to nearby teeth, and those teeth have to be shaved down for the bridge to fit on them. If those teeth decay or fail, the bridge does too. So implants keep your other, healthy teeth intact.
These benefits are great, but they go beyond the mouth. For people missing many or all their teeth, they often adjust their diet significantly. The same is true for people with dentures that don’t fit well. Usually they eat softer, carb-heavy diets and skip crunchy, nutritious foods, like fruits and vegetables. A diet lacking the right nutrients can lead to poor health. Plus, not being able to chew food properly because of dental problems can lead to digestion problems. Dental implants can help you eat the foods you need for the nutrition your body needs.
Dental Implants Are Easy To Care For
We can create dentures that attach to implants. Some of these can be removed, while others cannot. The bridges and crowns we make that attach to implants aren’t removable. So they are taken care of the same way natural teeth are. Brush at least twice a day, floss daily, and come in for your biannual checkups at Dores Dental. For these fixed restorations, you won’t have to take your teeth out at night or after every meal to clean them.
Dental Implants Make You Look Younger
Filling in just one gap in your mouth can make you look younger. That makes sense. For those who are missing many teeth or all their teeth, they can automatically look older because tooth loss is associated with aging. But there’s more. Wrinkles start to develop around the face, and over time, the face can develop a sunken look. That’s partially because the teeth aren’t physically there to fill out the mouth, and also because the bone is slowly dissolving.
A full set of teeth can restore your younger appearance. We can even create a brighter set of replacement teeth to give you a healthier-looking smile!
Dental Implants Are A Lasting Solution To Missing Teeth
Implants have an incredibly high success rate. Many people’s implants can last a lifetime. Implants don’t decay like real teeth do, and their strong connection to your jaw helps keep them healthy. At each checkup, we’ll check your implants to make sure everything looks good. By taking good care of your teeth at home and seeing us regularly, you could keep your teeth for life.
The benefits of a dental implants procedure are life-changing for many people. We hope you got a small picture of why that’s the case! If you are interested in whether implants can help you, talk to Dr. Dores. He will perform an exam, take digital X-rays, and ask questions about your health and dental habits to see if they’re right for you. Call 413-241-3995 or schedule online.