Dental implants have been a prominent feature in dentistry for around forty years, but having recently become considerably more affordable and widely available they are rapidly becoming the first choice for people looking to replace one or more missing teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants are a permanent solution and in the vast majority of cases will last a lifetime, and perhaps most importantly of all the procedure does not cause any friction or damage to the gums or other teeth. This has a number of practical, aesthetic and health benefits that make a real difference in the long term.
Teeth in a day & better for the jaw
Inserting a dental implant is a simple and safe one day procedure that inserts a titanium foundation into the gum. Once this has healed it is then capped, the result being a very strong and dependable new tooth. Unlike dentures, the capping procedure prevents the necessity of filing down adjacent teeth to make the implant fit, that is likely to cause nerve damage and possible root canal issues in the future.
It’s worth noting that implants are also much better for the jawbone, for they act as a surrogate root that prevents the jawbone naturally breaking down the nerves in the gum. Dentures on the other hand serve only to ‘plug the gap’ they do not prevent this process from occurring.
Implants can restore self confidence
Perhaps the most obvious way that implants can improve a persons life is in restoring the confidence they may have lost while having missing teeth. Many people claim that it’s nice to have their smile back, and it should not be underestimated how much this can improve an individuals life. As much as dentures may fill in the gap, they never manage to look entirely natural. This cannot be said for dental implants, which to all intents and purposes look exactly like a natural tooth.
There are no restrictions on what can be eaten
As dentures are merely inserted and attached to gums with adhesive, they have an unfortunate tendency to slip out when eating. Implant dentures allow the person to eat anything they choose, safe in the knowledge that they are just as sturdy and reliable – if not more so – than the rest of their teeth. Unlike dentures there’s no need to accommodate the new tooth with dental implants, they can simply carry on eating just as they did before.
Dental Implants require much less maintenance
Standard dentures require regular removal for cleaning and a full replacement every five years or so, providing they haven’t already cracked or chipped before then. Thanks to being made from superbly strong titanium, that is many times more endurable than the plastics that comprise most dentures, dental implants very rarely require any maintenance to address any issues. Add to this the hassle that comes with installing dentures, with the wires and adhesives – none of this applies with implants.
Not only are dental implants the closest thing that dentistry can provide in quite literally replicating a tooth, they are also the best option in lowering the risk to other teeth in the future. Add to this the benefits that they have for lifestyle and confidence, and it’s clear to see why they have become much an increasingly popular option.