Fallston, MD dentist, Dr. Melissa Elliott, is very passionate about helping her patients achieve healthy, functioning, beautiful smiles. She understands the difficult choices they have to make when it comes to their dental health, especially those with missing teeth. While Dr. Elliott recommends replacing teeth with implant supported restorations, many patients question the benefits of dental implants. The time involved to have your teeth replaced will take months versus a few weeks with traditional restorations and will involve a surgical procedure to have the implants placed in the jaw. Implant secured restorations are also considerably more expensive. For these reasons, it is easy to see why people question what the benefits are. Below we’ll review how dental implants offer more benefits than traditional restorations.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are now considered the number one solution to replace missing teeth. They offer a patient many more benefits compared to removable restorations including:
A healthier smile
Today’s dental implants are said to be the next best thing after your natural teeth. The biggest difference between them and a bridge or denture is they replace teeth at the root. One or multiple implants will be surgically placed in the jaw bone to support a restoration. This will provide the stimulation needed to prevent the bone from deteriorating.
Also, if any healthy teeth are remaining, they will not be harmed to accommodate an implant anchored restoration. A fixed dental bridge relies on the adjacent teeth to help secure it. Those adjacent teeth will need to be grinded down to accommodate the restoration. Implants will only be placed in the voids where the missing teeth are located leaving your healthy teeth alone.
Better stability and durability
Teeth implants offer better stability and durability. Removable dentures have a bad reputation for being unstable. They can be known to slip around in the mouth causing slurred speech and sometimes even fall out while a person is trying to eat. Because dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw, they are very stable allowing a person to eat, smile and talk without the restoration moving around.
They will also last a very long time. Teeth implants are made to withstand a lot of wear and tear from chewing food. This means you can eat a balanced healthy diet without any restrictions. Most implants will last 15-20 years and sometimes longer if cared for properly.
An overall better quality of life
Dental implants are the only restoration available that will look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. Most people will never even notice you have fake teeth! They are easier to care for as well. Instead of taking many extra steps to keep your teeth clean, you will only need to adhere to a normal dental hygiene routine including regular brushing, flossing and visiting our Fallston, MD dentist office twice a year.
With dental implants there is no worrying about embarrassing situations, no worrying about your facial appearance being affected because of bone loss, and you can enjoy all the foods you love. All of this will significantly increase your self-esteem and grant you a better quality of life.
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