Key advantages of dental implants
The following are some of the benefits that you could expect after implant placement.
- Enhanced appearance. Dental implants support crowns that have the look and feel of your own teeth. Also, they provide a supportive structure for enhancement of the soft facial tissue.
- Comfort. Dental implants eliminate the discomfort and awkwardness of removable restorations.
- Easier eating. Missing teeth or removable restorations make chewing difficult. Implants feel and function like your teeth because they are fixed, allowing you to chew and eat your favorite food confidently and pain-free.
- Enhanced oral health Individual implants improve oral hygiene by allowing easier access between teeth for cleaning. Additionally, dental implants allow your teeth to be restored without altering the adjacent teeth (unlike traditional bridges), preserving more natural tooth structure and improving your long-term oral health.
- Convenience. The worst thing about removable dentures is that as their name suggests, they are removable. Dental implants not only eliminate the need for messy adhesives, but they also eliminate the inconvenience of removing your dentures.
- Better speech. As dentures move and slip, they can and do cause issues with speech. Slurred words and mumbling are all too common amongst patients who wear dentures. Dental implants allow you to speak without having to worry that your denture might slip.
- Enhanced self-esteem. Dental implants can help you feel better about yourself by giving you back your smile as well as your self-confidence in some cases in ONE DAY.
- Enhanced Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, implants will last a lifetime.
- Prevent Resorption. The placement of dental implants will prevent the naturally occurring deterioration of the bone called resorption, and once restored it will also impede the migration of the adjacent teeth.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Traditional dentures are the removable, full-arch solutions typically associated with previous generations. They are generally the least expensive solutions, although they require a higher degree of maintenance than dental implants and are considerably less resilient.
Patients who opt for traditional dentures may have to replace those dentures every three to five years or sooner depending on the quality of the materials chosen, the quality of the denture manufacturer, and the conditions the prosthetic is subjected to during use.
Conventional dental implants, on the other hand, require no additional maintenance other than the normal brushing and flossing adequate for natural teeth. Furthermore, if placed and fitted correctly by an expert and skilled dentist, conventional dental implants are designed to last a lifetime and won’t fall out of your mouth at inopportune moments. Dental implants also have the benefit of stimulating underlying bone structures which promote bone retention.
Dental Implants vs. Bridges
Bridges are another attractive alternative to dental implants. Bridges are prosthetic devices that are supported by adjacent abutment teeth. They can be fixed, like dental implants, or removable like dentures. Bridges, however, do not convey the same bone-retaining benefits of dental implants.
Bridges offer a middle ground between the aesthetic and functional advantages of dental implants and the lower cost of dentures. Bridges are more permanent, longer-lasting, but also more expensive than dentures. However, they are less expensive than individual dental implants, and for patients who only need one or two teeth replaced, bridges can be a good compromise.
Dental Implants vs. Veneers
Dental veneers are not suitable for tooth replacement since they rely on existing natural teeth for support. However, veneers can be used to treat cosmetic damage, such as stains, non-structural cracks, or chips. Like the facade of a building, dental veneers fabricated from porcelain or another material simply covers up existing teeth forming a thin protective and visually-appealing sheath.
For patients experiencing edentulism, dental veneers are not a viable option.
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