As you weigh your tooth replacement options, you likely have received strong encouragement for dental implants online and from dental professionals, including our dentists here at Healthy Smiles Dental Care in Chelsea. You may be wondering what makes dental implants so special and why they are generally superior to dentures and bridges. Below you’ll find an explanation of just some of the benefits of this revolutionary treatment. When you feel ready to regain your confidence in your smile, you can schedule a consultation to discuss your procedure in greater detail.
You’ve likely seen those in the older generation with sunken faces. Did you know that many of them have suffered tooth loss in the past? Over time, after losing teeth, the jaw bone diminishes in density and actually changes shape, creating that sunken, shrunk look. Only addressing the missing crown, dentures and bridges cannot prevent these changes from occurring, but implants can! They integrate with the jaw bone, like natural roots, and this maintains a strong facial profile as you age.
Relying on suction, traditional dentures simply rest on top of the gums. As a result, they are prone to slipping out of position. Unfortunately, dentures only give you back 25 percent of your original biting strength, making a healthy diet difficult to say the least. This can lead to all sorts of medical conditions or problems that either shorten your lifespan or hinder your quality of life. Dental implants can restore around 70 percent of your natural biting force, enabling you to continue eating the nutritious foods you love and lead a healthy lifestyle.
When a tooth is lost, the body sends the nutrients used to strengthen the jaw bone elsewhere. Over time, the jaw bone deteriorates, weakening the support it gives to your remaining teeth. However, an implant acts like a natural tooth root and keeps the jaw bone stimulated, which maintains the jaw bone’s density and strength.
In addition, traditional tooth replacements (i.e., partial dentures and bridges) attach to healthy teeth for stability. In fact, bridges require removing healthy enamel in order to make room for the restoration. This dependence can increase the risk of decay and other issues for these other teeth that might have been perfectly healthy before the bridge was placed. Dental implants are independent and do not negatively affect the surrounding teeth, so you can hold onto your natural smile for as long as possible.
The cost of treatment is a concern for most people; however, you need to think about more than just the immediate costs. While dentures or bridges may save you upfront, they must be replaced about every five to seven years. In contrast, you can go 20 or 30 years, or even longer, with dental implants without needing to pay for replacements. When you view your costs in the long term, implants often prove to be the smarter choice.