The Benefits of Dental Implants
When our Charlotte, NC, patients ask us what dental implants are, it’s difficult not to go immediately into their benefits. It’s what tooth implants are capable of, combined with their comfort and convenience, which make them the preferred treatment for tooth loss. Dental implants not only look and feel just like natural teeth, they also provide a long list of health benefits. What’s more incredible is that they do all of this without requiring any extra work from you. It’s unsurprising then that the treatment growing in popularity and that patients who had previously opted for removable dentures are choosing to replace these with dental implants.
Health Benefits of Dental Implants
For a more in-depth overview of the health benefits, see: “Why Choose Dental Implants?”
Tooth loss can put your dental health at risk and can lead to further tooth loss over the long-run. Health problems associated with missing teeth include a higher risk for dental infection, bone loss, and emotional health issues. Tooth implants can help safeguard your oral wellbeing in a number of ways, which include:
- A lower risk of tooth decay and gum disease than those with missing teeth
- Protection from jawbone deterioration and consequent changes in facial appearance.
- A boosted self-confidence and a lower risk of anxiety.
- Lessened, minimized, or eliminated jaw pain.
- Improved oral hygiene.
- Mitigated tooth migration and a straighter smile.
The Amazing Aesthetics of Dental Implants
Every dental implant needs its crown. In this case, the crown refers to the permanent replacement teeth that you’ll receive near the end of the dental implant process. These dental prostheses are custom-made to the unique features of your oral anatomy and matched in color, size, and shape to your natural teeth. During a series of one or more “try-in” appointments with the esteemed dental implant dentist Dr. Ramesh Sunar, we will temporarily fit the crows in place and closely compare them to the rest of your smile. We will continue adjusting the look of the crown until you are happy with your smile makeover.
Once the process is completed, your new crowns will blend in with your natural teeth so impeccably that your friends and family will hardly be able to tell you have implants at all. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself grinning, even without realizing it at first.
Longevity and Permanence
Dental implants never need to be removed for cleaning or maintenance. After the implant fixture — the artificial tooth root — is integrated with the jawbone, it has essentially become a natural part of your body. During cleanings at the dentist, the only portion of the implant system that may be detached is the crown, so that the areas around the implant’s post — a thin piece of metal that connects the crown to the fixture — can be cleaned. Don’t worry, this need only be done at the dentist’s; it should not form part of your regular oral hygiene.
Furthermore, of all restorative dentistry treatments, dental implants have the greatest endurance. Whereas dental bridges and removable dentures have an average lifespan of 7–9 years, after which they need replacement, a dental implant can continue to benefit you for the rest of your life.
Perhaps best of all is that dental implants are unbelievably easy to maintain. There are no special solutions, no added cleaning instructions, no auxiliary difficulties. Instead, implants are brushed and floss just like natural teeth. Just make sure to brush at least twice per day and to floss no less than daily. You should also visit the dentist’s at least twice per year, not just to clean under the implant’s crown, but to also protect your smile as a whole from undue buildup of plaque.
The ease of maintaining good oral hygiene with dental implants has indirect health benefits, as well. When brushing and flossing effectively is difficult, such as when you are missing teeth, it’s easy to miss a surface or leave debris behind, increasing the risk for dental infection. Tooth implants, however, are easy to clean and will help improve your hygiene by filling the gap in your smile. That means a lower risk of diseases such as gingivitis and cavities.
Learn More About Implant Dental Restorations
Are you missing one or more teeth? Dental implant surgery may be the ideal choice for you. Not only do implants provide a bevy of cosmetic and health benefits, but they are also easy to take care of and extraordinarily comfortable. If you would like to learn more about dental implants, contact our Charlotte, NC, sedation and implant dentistry practice and schedule your free, on-one-on consultation today: 704-208-5545. Our restorative dentistry patients come to us from Ashville, Charlotte, Gastonia, Greenville and Huntersville, NC.