Quite often, dental implants are the standard of care and first choice for tooth replacement when compared to other restoration options. One of the main reasons for this is how closely dental implants resemble and function like healthy, natural teeth. Dental implants restore a lost tooth or teeth in a strong, stable way that appears, fits, functions, and feels like natural teeth. While other options may appear cosmetically natural, the replacement of the tooth root is a valuable feature of dental implants.
Dental Implants vs. Other Tooth Replacement Options
For people with good oral and overall health, dental implants are a tooth replacement option worth exploring. Full or partial dentures and bridges don’t stay in place like natural teeth, but dental implants function like natural teeth. Other advantages dental implants have over other tooth replacement procedures include:
- Lasting, predictable results – While tooth-supported dental bridges and dentures may only last 5-10 years before needing replacement, dental implants last a lifetime with proper care. Dental implants have a record of long-term, reliable success and have more predictable results than other tooth replacement options.
- No worrying – With dental implants, you never have to worry about your teeth slipping as they can with dentures. Dental implants look, act and feel natural.
- Natural facial appearance – Missing teeth can lead to a sunken appearance as facial structures sag without proper jawbone support, but dental implants enable you to maintain your natural facial appearance and smile.
- Normal speaking – For some, adjusting to speaking with dentures is a struggle as they re-learn how to pronounce everyday words. Dental implants function like natural teeth, which means you can continue to speak normally.
- Eat what you like – While dentures and bridges may limit your diet to softer foods to avoid damaging them, dental implants allow you to bite, eat and taste your food naturally.
- Preserve and protect natural teeth – The placement of a tooth supported bridge requires grinding away some of the tooth structure on adjacent teeth and this damages healthy teeth. Dental implants don’t require modifying adjacent teeth because they go in the jawbone in place of missing teeth. When dental implants fill the space left by missing teeth, they prevent nearby teeth from shifting into that space.
- Avoid jawbone deterioration – When you don’t replace missing teeth, you run the risk of deterioration and loss of a portion of your jawbone. The jawbone deteriorates when it’s not supporting a natural tooth, and this leads to loss of firmness and strength. Dental implants preserve and stimulate natural bone, promoting bone growth and preventing bone loss. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that can do that.
- Non-removable – Unlike dentures that require removal nightly and can slip or fall out, dental implants stay permanently in your mouth where they belong. Dental implants don’t require repositioning like dentures can because they remain fixed in place and fuse with your jawbone, which means they don’t click, shift or move.
- Cavity-free – Even though dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth, they’re not susceptible to the decay of natural teeth and can’t get cavities. As long as you care for your implants with great oral hygiene practices, your implants remain flawless.
When you’re seeking a reliable, safe, predictable and natural tooth replacement option, explore the possibility of dental implants from Creative Dental.