Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a treatment used for replacing missing teeth. This treatment involves the use of small titanium posts, which are surgically implanted into the jawbone. While the jaw heals, the bone fuses to the posts in a process called osseointegration. The implants integrate into the bone, turning into stable roots that support replacement teeth. While still a fairly recent treatment, dental implants are a highly popular alternative to the traditional treatments of bridges and dentures. At Michael Regan, DMD Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we provide this revolutionary treatment for your tooth loss needs, allowing you to enjoy the many benefits that dental implants have to offer.
Enjoying a Wide Variety of Foods
Your teeth are essential for biting and chewing your food. This is the first stage of digestion, breaking down the foods you eat so that your body can absorb nutrients. When you lose your teeth, these everyday functions become difficult, making eating a major challenge. Your body also has to work harder to digest unchewed foods. This can often lead to malnutrition. Dental implants restore your ability to bite and chew properly. Strong, stable teeth allow you to enjoy all of your favorite foods once again. Moreover, with chewing restored, your body can once again get the nutrients it needs to keep you healthy.
Your Speech Returns to Normal
The teeth are a major player in speech. They control the flow of air, which enables you to make certain sounds and say specific words. Tooth loss leads to the loss of this control. A lisp may develop, and it becomes more difficult for you to communicate effectively through speech. Dental implants give you back the control over airflow. Additionally, because the implants do not feel like foreign objects in your mouth, unlike dentures, you do not need to relearn how to talk properly. Your speech is restored instantly.
Caring for Implants Just Like Natural Teeth
One of the biggest complaints about dentures is that they require a rather tedious care routine every night. They need to be removed, cleaned with a special denture paste and left to soak overnight before you clean your mouth. For many, this tedious, yet essential, routine can get irritating after a while. Dental implants, on the other hand, can be cared for just like your natural teeth. They can be brushed with regular toothpaste and flossed as well. It is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine, even with dental implants. While the ceramic crowns cannot experience decay, they can collect plaque. Keeping up a regular care routine will help to keep any remaining teeth healthy and protect your mouth from the effects of gum disease.
Comfortable, Natural Feel
Another issue that many people have about dentures is that they are uncomfortable. They put much pressure on the gums. This soft tissue was not designed to support the pressures that dentures place on them. On top of that, loose or ill-fitting dentures can rub the sensitive gum tissue, causing irritation and denture sores. The crowns of dental implants are supported by the titanium posts, which are implanted into the jawbone, just like the roots of your natural teeth. There is no pressure placed on the gum tissue. Implants are also stable and secure, so there is no worry that they will slide out of place.
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Traditional tooth replacement options may replace the visible surfaces of your missing teeth, but they cannot replace the roots. So, while you can bite, chew and speak normally, as well as smile confidently, bridges and dentures cannot stop the bone loss that accompanies tooth loss. Over time, the bone continues to weaken, resulting in the need to periodically replace your restorations. Dental implants are different. They are the only treatment that involves the implantation of posts into the bone. The posts stimulate the bone just like the roots of your natural teeth, enabling your jaw to remain strong and stable.
Dental implants offer several benefits over traditional tooth replacement treatments, helping you to regain the functions of your mouth, the appearance of your smile, your confidence and your overall quality of life. Call Michael Regan, DMD Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry today to find out if dental implants are right for you at 503-654-8283.