Reasons Why You Should Consider Dental Implants

Are dental implants all they’re cut out to be? Absolutely. Once viewed as an elective cosmetic dentistry treatment, the American Dental Association, the AAID and dentists worldwide now view dental implants as the preferred treatment for replacing missing teeth. Whether you have one missing tooth or require full arch rehabilitation, modern dental implant designs are the only restorative treatment that looks, feels, and functions like natural teeth. 

Implants are modeled after natural teeth.

Each dental implant features a biocompatible “root” that’s about the same size as an anatomical tooth root. Once set into the bone, integrated implants essentially function like natural teeth. Instead, they do not alter adjacent teeth but set right alongside them as a real tooth would. That means no removable dentures, no altering healthy teeth to bond fixed bridges in place, and never having to worry about what you eat. The integrity of dental implants actually exceeds that of natural teeth! None of your favorite foods are off the menu. 

Today’s dental implants can last for life.

As long as you care for your implants properly and prevent any type of gum disease from developing, you can expect your investment to last a lifetime. No other tooth replacement can do that. Fixed bridges, partial dentures, and other prosthetics typically need to be replaced every ten years, give or take. But this tooth replacement is typically a one-time investment. So long as you brush and floss them daily and schedule regular checkups, it’s like having lifelong natural teeth all over again. 

Dental implants are non-invasive to your real teeth.

One of the most important reasons to consider dental implants is because they are non-invasive to natural teeth. Something like a dental bridge requires cutting down other teeth to fit the restoration on top of them. Even tooth replacement options like partials can rub, push, and weaken the supporting natural tooth they clip onto. But when you replace missing teeth with implants, you’re not altering any of the surrounding teeth. In fact, you’re helping reinforce their natural placement, delay bone loss for added support, and benefit the overall health of your smile. No physical changes to your adjacent teeth occur whatsoever. 

Implants are created to function like real teeth.

Each implant acts like a new replacement tooth that you can bite and chew with. They’re installed at the natural position of real teeth without taking up extra space in your mouth like dentures do. That means speaking and eating normally without having to worry about slurring, dentures slipping out of your mouth, or changing the foods you eat. Since dental implants are healthy for your bone, they help prevent the bone loss that is so frequent in people with missing teeth. In turn, this benefit will ultimately affect your facial profile and delay the side effects of premature aging. 

Dental implants are easy to maintain. 

All you need to do to care for your dental implant is treat it like you would your natural teeth. Keep it clean by brushing along the gums and flossing around it daily to minimize gum or bone loss. Although implants don’t get cavities, it’s essential to keep the gums around them healthy to minimize the risk of infection, bone loss, or failure. As long as you schedule regular dental visits and prevent periodontal disease (or peri-implantitis, in this case), you can expect these artificial teeth to stay healthy. 

Almost anyone with missing teeth can get dental implants.

The criteria for getting dental implants aren’t as rigid as you might think it is. As long as we address any bone loss and underlying health conditions, it’s possible to safely proceed with this tooth replacement treatment. That means no more removable dentures, smiling with missing teeth, or worrying about loss of density in your jaw bone. These tooth replacement options safely support your oral health, facial profile, delay bone loss, and even trigger new bone growth (osseointegration) around them. If you’re someone who was once told that you didn’t qualify for dental implant surgery, it’s time to get a second opinion with our implant and cosmetic dentist. Thanks to modern advancements in dental implants and placement techniques, the healing process is extremely predictable. There’s no need to settle for dentures or only chewing on your other teeth. Modern dental care and implant surgery techniques have changed the way today’s dentists can replace missing teeth.

Implants work well no matter how many teeth are missing. 

Have one missing tooth? No problem. A single dental implant can support a fixed crown that makes it nearly identical to anatomical, natural teeth. Your new tooth replacement is essentially indistinguishable from the remaining teeth on either side. What if you have 3 or 4 teeth that are missing? In that case, one permanent solution is to use a pair of implants to support a multi-tooth bridge. That way there’s no need to alter surrounding teeth or wear partial removable dentures. But let’s say that all of your natural teeth are missing. What then? Are dentures your only option? Not at all. You would be a good candidate for an All-on-4 or All-on-6 type of restoration instead. These streamlined dental implants fill in all of your missing teeth with the support of just 4-6 implants per arch. The minimalist design is more comfortable to wear, and unlike dentures, you’ll find it easier to talk and eat with. That way you can smile without feeling self-conscious or worrying about if you can eat your favorite foods. 

Find Out if Dental Implants are Right for You

Is your dental health and self-esteem suffering because of tooth loss? Then it’s time to consider dental implants. Whether you’ve had gum disease in the past, have tried other types of restorative dentistry, or even skipped your regular dental checkups, you can get your smile back on track with the proper care. Long-lasting dental implants are a permanent tooth-replacement option that will leave you smiling for years to come.  Contact Scottsdale Dental Solutions today to find out how we can help you achieve a healthy smile again with dental implants!

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