If you are at risk of losing one or more teeth, or if you have already lost some teeth, you may be thinking that you’re looking at dentures as your only option. This could not be further from the truth. While dentures are a better alternative than having no teeth at all, there is something even better, and that’s the option of dental implants. Patients who have gotten implants love them, and we’re confident that you will, too! Here are the top reasons why our dental clinic in Saratoga Springs thinks that you will love dental implants.
1. Dental implants are anchored firmly in your jaw.
No more slipping dentures! When you get dental implants, you can say goodbye to the idea of a loose, ill-fitting, uncomfortable set of dentures that you constantly have to take in and out. Dental implants are made of two parts. There is a small titanium screw that anchors firmly in your jawbone, and then there is a crown that attaches to this “root.” Once your dental implant gets finished, it’ll behave so much like a normal tooth, you’ll probably forget that it’s even there.
2. Dental implants are easy to clean.
No more removing your dentures to give them a bath in denture cleaner! When you get dental implants, you’ll be able to brush and floss just like normal. Cleaning your implants is as easy as brushing your teeth–and you’re already in the habit of that.
3. Dental implants actually benefit your jawbone.
When you lose a tooth, the jawbone that anchored that tooth will stop experiencing the stress of chewing that came from that tooth’s root. Therefore, your body will stop reinforcing your jawbone right there, and the bone material can actually begin to recede as your body consumes the calcium and repurposes it for other uses. Lose too many teeth, and your jawbone material can actually recede too much. This puts you at greater risk of breaking your jaw if you fall or receive a blow to the face, and you don’t want that! If you get dentures, this bone loss can continue unhindered, and even if you get bridges, the bridge anchors to existing teeth and doesn’t help to stimulate your jawbone to be reinforced.
When you get dental implants, on the other hand, the “root” of your implant will function much like the root of a natural tooth, triggering your body to continue reinforcing that bone.
Don’t wait too long after you lose a tooth to ask about dental implants. Patients who have lost too much bone tissue before getting implants may have to start with a bone tissue transplant before their implant procedure can proceed.
4. Dental implants look great!
Your pursuit of a beautiful smile doesn’t have to end just because you have lost a few teeth. And if you’re thinking of the look of your grandma’s dentures, you should know you don’t have to settle for the fake, easily-stained look that false teeth of the past tended to have. Dental technology has advanced a lot in recent years, and an implant (or a set of them) can transform your smile, boost your confidence, and cause you to have a whole new outlook on life.
5. Dental implants allow you to eat normally.
Worried about whether you’ll have to cut out your favorite foods when you get dental implants? Worry no more. Implants are not like braces. You’ll be able to eat normally, without restrictions or pain.
6. Dental implants allow you to speak normally.
Dentures invariably add bulk to your mouth, and this has the tendency to slightly change the way you speak, making you more likely to lisp or slur your words. This is not the case with implants any more than it was with your natural teeth.
If you are interested in dental implants, talk to Dr. Park to find out if you might be a good candidate. Schedule your appointment today.