Not only can missing teeth cause embarrassment for many people—they can actually be unhealthy for a person’s remaining teeth and bone structure. While dentures and bridges may offer some relief, they don’t quite replicate the functionality of natural teeth, and they come with many inconveniences as well. Dental implants, however, offer an alternative that looks and feels like the real thing, and will protect the long-term health of teeth and bone. Here are a few of the most important benefits provided by dental implants.
Unlike dentures, dental implants are easy to care for and never come loose.
Implants function just like natural teeth and never have to be taken out—not even for eating or cleaning. Plus, there is no need for the messy adhesives or metal clasps used with dentures. Once implants are put in, just brush and floss them like your natural teeth!
Unlike bridges, implants are strong and permanent.
While bridges require surrounding teeth to be ground down so that a replacement tooth can be securely attached, dental implants don’t depend on surrounding teeth for stability. Bridges typically last just five to fifteen years, but dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
Implants look and work like natural teeth, stabilize other teeth, and maintain bone mass.
When you’re missing teeth, other oral problems become more likely. Remaining teeth can become tipped or crowded, periodontal disease becomes more likely, and the jaw bone can even begin to deteriorate, creating an unsightly “witch’s chin.” Dental implants help to eliminate these problems. And because dental implants don’t require grinding down remaining teeth, like a bridge does, implants are the best choice for overall oral health. Because implants replace the entire tooth—root and all—implants are the closest thing to natural teeth. This allows for the most natural eating and speaking possible. Plus, no one will be able to tell those aren’t your natural teeth!
If you’re ready to get back a healthy smile that looks and feels great, dental implants are the clear choice. Schedule your consultation today with Oak Park Dental in Madison, Wisconsin, to discuss your options.