The Benefits of Dental Implants - Which One Is Right for You?

If you have missing teeth, the good news is that modern dental healthcare has many different ways of restoring both the health and appearance of your smile.

A common way to achieve this is through a dental implant, which involves adding a metal screw-like base into the jaw to fill in the gap and attach a crown on top that will look and function just like one of your natural teeth. But are dental implants right for you?

The Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants can lead to a lot of different benefits, which is why many dentists recommend them:

  • Restored Appearance - Dental implants look just like natural teeth because they are designed to fuse into the jawbone. What’s more, they are considered a permanent procedure;
  • More Comfort - Once the healing process is over, patients rarely bring up any sort of discomfort with implants. Instead, they report the implants feel just like their natural teeth;
  • Improved Speech - Tooth loss can lead to speech problems, but in some cases so do dentures that have not been properly fitted and run the risk of slipping while you speak, or even eat;
  • Better Chewing - Because the implants will function just like regular teeth and cause no discomfort, they can make chewing a lot easier;
  • Better Oral Health - With dental implants, you don’t need to remove or file down other teeth like in the case of veneers or other dental procedures. Also, nearby teeth are left alone, as they are not needed for support, which also means you can easily clean in between the teeth with floss and brushing, just like with natural teeth;
  • A Long-Term Solution - Implants are durable, and usually considered a permanent solution for tooth loss. Unlike removable dentures, you do not need additional maintenance efforts apart from brushing and flossing.

Types of Implants and Which Ones Are for You

If you have one or two missing teeth, the dentist will most likely recommend single implants that will just fill in the gaps in your teeth and restore their appearance.

However, some patients who have more expensive damage might require full arch implants to resolve all their problems. Instead of just one implant, full-arch ones will implant 4 metal screws into the jawbone, and attach a full-arch dental prosthetic on top. This will improve the appearance of your entire smile, and as with single implants, it’s a durable, long-term solution for your oral health.

We Can Help Restore Your Smile 

There are many benefits of dental implants, no matter which ones you end up needing. To fully understand if dental implants are a good fit for you and your dental health, you should have a chat with our specialists at Mestichelli Barnes Dental Associates

Based on your specific case, they can tell you what is the best course of action to replace your missing teeth and restore your smile!

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