Dental implants are one of the most recommended alternative for tooth replacement.
We all know that losing our baby teeth in order to create room for permanent teeth is a natural thing. But once we have our permanent teeth, we need to take extra care of them in order to avoid tooth loss due to periodontal disease, tooth decay or even trauma.
When you extract one of your tooth (for whatever reason) you need to work closely with your dentist to determine what toot replacement options are the best choice for you.
Basics on dental implants
Have you even wondered what exactly are dental implants? Well to put it plainly, implants are posts (let’s picture them that way) made from titanium that replace the tooth roots. They are basically the base or foundation on top of which your dentist places a crown, bridge or dentures.
When to consider dental implants?
Once you lose a tooth or you extract it, you should work with your dentist as soon as possible to determine the best alternative. If you are seeking long-term solutions, then we would definitely recommend that you opt in for dental implants. They are considered when patients want an alternative that is
- A good investment
- A long-term solution
- Aesthetically pleasing and looks natural
- Durable, strong and works like a real tooth
- Not temporary
What are the benefits?
Compared to other tooth replacement alternatives, dental implants provide several key benefits
When you lose or extract a tooth, you will also lose bone mass in your jaw. In order to avoid job mass loss, the jaw needs stimulation it gets when a tooth is connected. Luckily, dental implants provide the necessary stimulation so you don’t have problems with the loss of dental mass. They are the only alternative that does this.
Because the way they are connected to your jaw bone, the titanium poles of dental implants allow you to bite down with more or less the same amount of force you did when you had your natural teeth. Other tooth replacement alternatives unfortunately don’t restore nearly as much bite force because they are usually positioned on top of your gums and not anchored anywhere.
You might have noticed that someone has difficulties pronouncing certain words once they get a tooth replacement in form of dentures. This is because they don’t feel of function as natural teeth. However, with dental implants, since they are fixed into your jaw bone, they feel more sturdy and stable so they won’t affect your speech.
Maintenance of dental implants
Compared to other tooth replacement alternatives, implants don’t require any special products like adhesive, tablets, cups or special flosses in order to keep them clean. You can just brush your teeth and floss like you did before.
Dental implants don’t get cavities
The material that these implants are made from can’t decay which means that you can’t get cavities. However, brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is still necessary in order to prevent plaque from building up and causing nasty infections. So when it comes to implants, you can forget about cavities.
Considering getting dental implants?
Implants have been around for years and they are the go-to option when it comes to tooth replacement. If you recently lost your tooth or had tooth extractions, contact us today to discuss what are your options for tooth replacement.