4 Benefits of Dental Implants

4 Benefits of Dental Implants

When you lose a tooth, there’s a lot more concern than how it looks. If that tooth isn’t replaced, the bone in your jaw stops rebuilding, leading to bone loss and possibly the loss of other teeth. Dental implants are a permanent solution for a lost tooth, and have many advantages over other types of treatment.

At Woodland Lakes Dental Studio in Conroe, Texas, Dr. Gabriel Polo and his experienced team offer dental implants when you’ve lost a tooth. We provide exceptional care and modern technology to get you the smile you’ve always wanted.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a treatment option that’s used to replace a missing tooth while still preserving the bone in your jaw. The implant typically consists of a metal post that’s surgically placed in your jaw, and a crown that fits onto the post once your jaw has healed.

Implants are used when you’re not ready for dentures or want a permanent option instead of a bridge that’s removable. There are different forms of dental implants — endosteal and subperiosteal.

Endosteal implants require a portion of the implant to be placed surgically into your bone. There are different forms of endosteal implants which use either a screw or a post. This is the most common form of dental implant.

Subperiosteal implants are often used when you don’t have enough bone in your jaw to hold an endosteal implant. They’re instead placed on the surface of your bone, with posts that come down through your gum where your artificial tooth is attached.

When is a dental implant necessary?

Dental implants are used when you’ve suffered the loss of a tooth. This could be from an injury, or due to periodontal disease and decay.

There are other options when it comes to filling the void of the missing tooth. Dentures, bridges, and other treatments help with your appearance, but don’t correct the problem of bone loss from the missing tooth.

With your normal teeth, the bone in your jaw is constantly remodeling and rebuilding. This helps keep your teeth stable and rooted into your jaw. When you lose a tooth, the bone in your jaw stops rebuilding, ultimately leading to bone loss. 

Bone loss in your jaw leads to issues with your surrounding teeth as well. It causes your teeth to move, and may lead to the loss of other teeth too.

Understanding the benefits

There are several benefits of dental implants when it comes to missing a tooth. For instance, dental implants make it much easier to eat than if you get dentures or bridges. This is because the implant becomes a permanent part of your jaw, making it very sturdy and easy to chew with.

Dental implants also improve your overall self esteem. When you lose a tooth, it makes you hide your smile. However, a dental implant looks like a real tooth, restoring your smile to its former glory. Other benefits of dental implants include:

1. Better oral health

Your oral health is improved with dental implants, because the surrounding teeth and tissues don’t need to be altered. This decreases your chance of infection or decay in the surrounding areas, and allows for improved flossing and dental hygiene.

2. Speech improvement

Your speech is sometimes impaired with dentures that don’t fit correctly. This is also true if you don’t have anything filling the void of a lost tooth. Dental implants improve your ability to speak clearly without worrying about dentures that can slip.

3. Convenient

Unlike dentures, dental implants don’t need to be removed and cleaned. They’re a permanent fixture in your mouth, eliminating the need for messy adhesives and embarrassment that comes with dentures.

4. Durable

Dental implants are extremely durable, lasting years when cared for properly. In most cases, an implant lasts for the rest of your life when you keep up with a healthy dental regimen.

To learn more about dental implants and if they’re the right choice for you, call our office or request an appointment online today to discuss your options with our team.

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