When you lose a tooth, it’s a traumatic experience, for sure. Our teeth have a lot to do with our self-esteem, and even if the tooth you lose isn’t in a really visible location, the empty space it leaves can make you feel self-conscious and damaged in a way. Sure, you can get a denture or a bridge, but while these options might restore the overall functional aspects of the tooth, they still don’t come close to feeling like a natural tooth that’s attached to your jaw.
Fortunately, dental implants provide another option, one that’s extremely popular among men and women of all ages who want a more natural option for replacing a missing tooth. At Infinity Smile Center, we offer the most advanced implant technology, so patients can feel comfortable and confident after tooth loss. If you’re missing one or more teeth and you’re wondering if dental implants are right for you, here’s a quick review of the most important benefits implants offer.
Implants are very secure
Dental implants use a strong metal post made of titanium, the same metal that’s used in artificial joints and prostheses. Titanium is biocompatible, which means the risk of any kind of reaction is very, very low. During the implant procedure, the post is implanted into your jaw bone, where it binds with the surrounding bone tissue, a process called osseointegration. This binding action helps keep the implant firmly in place. Once the post is integrated into the bone tissue, the artificial tooth or crown is attached using a piece called an abutment.
Dentures and bridges rest on top of your gum, so they're less secure. With a denture, you need a very secure fit and denture adhesives — sometimes lots of adhesives — to keep them in place, and even then, they can slip out at the worst times. Bridges secure to neighboring teeth, which means those teeth can be significantly weakened by the excess forces exerted on them every time you bite or chew.
They’re easy to care for
Dentures and bridges both require special care. With dentures, there’s brushing and soaking and special storage instructions for when the denture is out of your mouth. With a denture, you also have to spend considerable time scrubbing off adhesive particles every time you take your denture out. And with a bridge, you’ve got to learn some special cleaning techniques (and have a lot of patience) to make sure you remove all the food particles, plaque and bacteria from the bridge, the neighboring teeth, and the gum tissue around and under the bridge. With dental implants, all you do is brush and floss, just like you do for your natural teeth. And of course, routine trips to the dentist are important, no matter what type of tooth replacement you choose.
They just might help prevent future tooth loss
One of the biggest differences between dental implants and dentures and bridges is the way they attach to your mouth. Specifically, dentures and bridges rest on top of your gums, while implants use that metal post to attach to your jaw bone beneath the gums. And as it turns out, that can make a big difference when it comes to preventing future tooth loss. Just like the bones in the rest of your body, your jaw bone is constantly replenishing itself. Old, worn or damaged bone tissue is continually being replaced by new, healthy bone tissue. In your jaws, that process is stimulated by the presence of your tooth roots.
When you lose a tooth and the root is no longer there, the bone replacement cycle slows down dramatically in that area, and over time, your jaw bone can become very thin. That means the roots on either side of that thinned area don’t have the support they need to maintain their own stability. Eventually, bone atrophy can make these tooth roots weak, substantially increasing the risk that they’ll fall out as well. With a dental implant, the post serves the same function as your natural tooth root, stimulating that bone replacement cycle to ward off bone thinning and keep those tooth roots strong. That’s a benefit dentures and bridges just can’t provide.
Are implants right for you?
Thanks to the state-of-the-art technology we use at Infinity Smile Center, dental implants can be an ideal choice for most patients. To learn more about implants and how they can help you restore your confident smile, book an appointment online today