You know the old saying; sometimes, the cure is worse than the disease. There are times when you have probably looked back and said, “Well, I won’t do that again!” If you ever tried painting over a horrible wall color with something even worse, you know what we’re talking about.
Then again, there are times when the “cure” is absolutely worth it. In dentistry, one of those is the dental implant. When it comes to replacing your missing teeth, it’s tough to find another restorative dentistry treatment that works as well as dental implants. Here are six ways dental implants can do amazing work for you.
1. Your smile can look a lot younger — and so can you. Younger people tend to have better smiles. That’s because their teeth haven’t seen decades of use and age compared to yours. The older you are, the more likely it is to have chips, cracks, or missing teeth. That’s why a healthy smile with great teeth looks younger than a damaged one.
A dental implant shows off a beautiful replacement tooth. Instead of seeing a gap in your smile, people will see a tooth that looks healthy and natural. It even feels natural. Getting a lost tooth replaced with a dental implant can take years off of your smile.
2. The replacement tooth in a dental implant looks completely natural in your mouth. In the past, there were many dental restorations that used unsightly metal. Even fillings used to be made from silver, mercury, and other metals. These stood out as very unnatural. Just laughing when you have metal fillings lets people see metal.
The replacement tooth used with a dental implant looks just like the real thing. It even has that slightly translucent look of natural teeth. When you laugh, people will not notice there’s anything unusual about your smile.
3. Your other teeth will stay where they belong thanks to the dental implant. All of your teeth lean on each other to some extent. That’s supposed to happen. It helps your teeth have some stability and stay where they belong. When you are missing a tooth, the opposite happens. Teeth begin to slowly move towards the empty space. The even smile you had orthodontics for as a teenager will slowly but surely get all crooked again.
When you replace the missing tooth with a dental implant, it supports the neighboring teeth. This helps keep all of your teeth where they belong.
4. Your jawbone can stay healthier and stronger thanks to the implanted root. Your natural teeth have roots. These extend into your jawbone. It’s what helps give your teeth such strength and stability. However, these roots perform a second function. When you chew, the pressure from biting travels down the root into the jawbone. This pressure stimulates the bone tissue there, which in turn helps keep the bone healthy. When you’ve lost a tooth, you’ve also lost that pressure from helping keep your jawbone strong.
Each dental implant comes with an artificial root made of titanium. (This metal is not just strong, but it’s also accepted by your body.) This is what makes dental implants such a long-lasting and durable option for replacing teeth. It also allows that pressure from biting to reach your jawbone. You won’t just get a beautiful replacement tooth — you also get something that helps keep your bone tissue healthy.
5. Dental implants are very easy to clean. If you ever had braces as a kid, then you know how some dental treatments require extra care to keep clean. You might even have used a tiny brush to help remove food and whatnot from your braces. That’s because you have to keep things clean. Otherwise, you could be giving harmful bacteria the food they need to grow and create big problems.
Dental implants are the closest thing to having real teeth. The only cleaning necessary for dental implants is the same that you use on your natural teeth — just some brushing and flossing.
6. Dental implants normally last a lot longer than similar restorative dentistry treatments. Everyone starts to wear down and need replacing at some point. Even the most expensive car in the world with all the right automotive car can easily start to rust and act up as the years go by. Any dental work you get can do the same. Even if you clean your teeth perfectly, things can still need replacing eventually.
Thankfully, dental implants are one of the longest-lasting dental treatments. Most people won’t have to start worrying about a replacement restorative treatment for 20 years or more. If you’re ready to finally replace a missing tooth with a dental implant, call us today at 603-546-7460.