When it comes to restorative dentistry, dental implants are one of the most popular options out there. But, are they really worth the hype?
Let's take a look at some of the major benefits dental implants have.
A dental implant consists of a metal post that is surgically inserted into the jaw where it fuses with the bone over the span of a few months, acting as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. This screw-like post then acts as a base to support one or more dental crowns.
Here are some of the reasons dental implants are considered a superior restorative option:
Dental implants are made from titanium, a material that can fuse with your body's tissue. As a result, they feel much like your natural teeth. And, because they are anchored securely in your jawbone, they also provide a solid foundation that won't slip or shift in your mouth like traditional dentures. They also don't cause discomfort or gum irritation and look like natural teeth.
Tooth loss often leads to other oral health issues, such as bone loss. Missing teeth affect more than your ability to chew and smile confidently. When a tooth is missing, the portion of the jaw is not being stimulated anymore. As a result, it atrophies and loses its strength and firmness.
Because they are inserted into the jawbone, dental implants stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. The metal post is usually made of titanium, a durable material designed to withstand the forces of chewing and biting. The dental crown can also last for 15 or even 20 years with good oral care.
This makes implants a cost-effective solution for replacing missing teeth.
Missing teeth can provide an easy entry point for bacteria and increase your risks of developing gum disease. By filling this gap, dental implants can help to maintain the integrity of your gums and reduce the risk of periodontal disease. Also, because they are easier to clean than dentures (you can brush and floss them like natural teeth), they can further contribute to better oral hygiene and gum health.
Missing teeth can also affect your ability to speak properly and cause slurring, mumbling, or whistling while speaking. Some restorative options, like poorly fitted dentures, can slip, making it harder for you to pronounce certain sounds and speak confidently in social settings.
Because dental implants function like your own teeth and are securely anchored, they allow you to speak naturally and confidently.
While dental implants have many benefits, they might not be the best solution for everyone. The South Philadelphia dentists at Mestichelli Barnes Dental Associates can examine your oral health and help you find the best way to restore your smile.
Contact us today to book your appointment.