Dental Implant Benefits
Tooth loss compromises oral health, functions, and aesthetics, and it can cause damage to the structure of the jaw. It is important to replace missing teeth to avoid issues associated with tooth loss and restore oral functions. One of the most popular tooth loss treatments is dental implants.
Dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw to act as artificial tooth roots. Dental implants can act as anchors for a full range of dental restorations, including dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures. Here, prosthodontist James M. Stein, who serves individuals in the Boston, MA, area, discusses the numerous dental implant benefits that make this procedure the tooth loss treatment of choice for many of our dental patients.
When people replace missing teeth they are often concerned that dental restorations will stand out against the natural teeth, looking artificial and noticeable. The restorations that are fitted to dental implants are customized to meet each patient’s unique aesthetic features. Dr. Stein selects the size, color, and shape for each restoration, so that they blend in seamlessly with any remaining natural teeth. Dental implants also provide a close fit, so restorations sit flush against the gum line and stay in alignment with the natural teeth, which further ensures they look like a natural part of the smile.
Comfort and Security
When it comes to comfort and security, no missing teeth treatment compares to dental implants. Dental implants are tiny titanium screws that are surgically placed in the jaw. As the tissues of the jaw heal from surgery, they fuse to the implant, so that it essentially becomes part of the bone tissues. This fusion process allows dental implants to provide a comfortable and secure anchor for dental restorations. Restorations function just like the natural teeth and will not slip or shift out of place. Because they fit so securely, dental restorations do not rub against the soft tissues of the mouth, which makes them much more comfortable than other missing teeth treatments.
Dental implants are known for their long-lasting durability. If our Boston patients follow all post-treatment care instructions, practice good oral hygiene habits, and schedule regular dental exams and cleanings, their dental implants should last a lifetime. Even if dental restorations wear down and require replacement, the dental implants themselves should not.
Prevention of Bone Degeneration
One dental implant benefit that really sets this procedure apart from other missing teeth treatments is the prevention of bone degeneration. Dental implants are the only tooth loss treatment to address the loss of both the crown and roots of a tooth. As artificial tooth roots, dental implants stimulate the tissues of the jaw every time a person bites down so that bone loss does not occur.
Ease of Care
A final benefit of dental implants is their ease of care. Implants are not only the closest replica to the teeth in how they look and function, but they can also be cared for just like the natural teeth. Patients can brush and floss just as they do their natural teeth, and there is no need to use any special cleaners.
If you have experienced adult tooth loss and are looking for the treatment option that is right for you, consider the many benefits of dental implants. To learn more about this advanced dental treatment, send us a message online or call our Boston practice at (617) 227-6076.