Fallston, MD, dentist Dr. Teddy Uno is very passionate about helping her patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. He understands the difficult choices they have to make regarding their dental health, especially those with missing teeth. Dr. Umo will always suggest replacing teeth with dental implants because of their many benefits.
The time involved in replacing your teeth with implants is several months versus a few weeks with traditional restorations. It will also involve a surgical procedure to have the dentist place the implants in the jaw. They are also considerably more expensive. For these reasons, it is easy to see why people question what the benefits are. Below we will review how dental implants offer more benefits than traditional restorations.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are now the number one way to replace missing teeth. They offer patients 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 more implants will be surgically placed in the jaw bone to support a restoration. This will also prevent bone loss in the jaw.
Also, if any healthy teeth are left, we will not harm them and will accommodate an implant-anchored restoration. A fixed dental bridge relies on the adjacent teeth to help secure it. Your dentist will need to reduce those adjacent teeth in size to accommodate the restoration. We will only place implants in the voids where the teeth are missing leaving your healthy teeth alone.
Better stability and durability
Teeth implants are more stable and durable. Removable dentures have a bad reputation for being unstable. They can slip around in your mouth, cause slurred speech, and sometimes even fall out while trying to eat. Dental implants are very stable because they will become one with the jaw bone. You can eat, smile and talk without the restoration moving around.
They will also last a very long time. Teeth implants can withstand a lot of wear and tear from chewing food. This means you can eat a balanced healthy diet. Most implants will last 15-20 years and sometimes longer if cared for properly.
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. Also, you will not have to worry about your facial structure changing due to bone loss. Most importantly, you can eat a healthy diet will very few restrictions. All of this will significantly increase your self-esteem and improve your quality of life.
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