A dental implant is a high-tech replacement tooth that is attached to the jawbone. Generally, dental implants are made from titanium or non-metal white zirconia which is inserted into the mouth individually or in segments.
Once considered an “old person” thing, dental implants are on the rise in 2020. People of all ages are turning to dental implants for a more natural-looking smile and a more functional bite. Dental implants of today are more realistic than the models of the past, making them a more comprehensive dental treatment when compared to bridges. It is surprising that young patients are increasingly turning to implants to replace broken or missing teeth.
Dental implants offer benefits that other tooth replacement options, like dentures or bridges, don’t offer.
The 10 benefits of dental implants are:
They Look Natural
Dental implants come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Once the dentist designs an implant to match the colour of your surrounding teeth and to fit in the gap, no one except you and your dentist will know which teeth are implants.
They Improve Speech
Some tooth replacement options, like dentures, can impact your ability to pronounce words correctly or to mumble or slur. Because dental implants feel and function just like natural teeth, they allow you to speak easily and naturally without worrying about slipping.
They Prevent Changes In the Shape Of Your Face
Your facial structure is supported by your teeth. When you lose teeth, the support is lost, thereby causing your face to change or alter shape, making you look older. With dental implants, your face gets the same support as natural teeth, thereby preventing any change in shape.
They Make Eating Easier
Because dental implants are anchored into your jawbone with a metal screw that replaces the tooth root, they allow you to bite with the same amount of force you use with your natural teeth. This allows you to eat your favourite foods which you might have stopped eating for fear of slipping over the flood.
They Prevent Bone Loss
When you lose teeth, you also tend to lose bone mass in your jaw. Your jawbone needs the stimulation it gets when your teeth connect to maintain its mass. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that also replaces that jawbone stimulation, helping to prevent bone loss.
They Do Not Decay
Although artificial teeth still need to be cared for to prevent bacteria from building up in your mouth and causing infections, the material of dental implants does not decay. Hence, you will never have to worry about getting cavities in your dental implants.
They Support Adjacent Teeth
If you have a gap in your mouth due to a missing tooth, the teeth on either side of the gap can shift positions, leading to misalignment. Dental implants fill the gap, allowing you to maintain a straight, even smile.
They Prevent Slippage
Dentures are not fixed and hence patients with dentures always have the worry about their dentures shifting while speaking, laughing, or eating in public. With dental implants, there is no fear as they are firmly anchored in place and will never embarrass you in public. In addition, dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures.
They Are Easy to Maintain
Dental implants are extremely easy to take maintain. Like natural teeth, all you need to do is to brush and floss as required. There is no need to buy any special products to clean or care for them.
They Are A Permanent Solution to Tooth Loss
Other tooth replacement options need to be repaired or replaced periodically, but dental implants are designed to last for the rest of your life.