Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants are an exciting option for people with missing teeth. For many years, people who lost teeth because of gum disease or other reasons had only two choices: dentures or bridges. Today, dental implants offer a very attractive alternative and there are many advantages of dental implants. In fact, they’re now the standard of care for replacing missing teeth.
A dental implant is a procedure in which your missing tooth is permanently replaced with a non-removable beautiful ceramic crown that looks natural. The implant acts as an artificial tooth root, and the bone grows around it, bonding itself to the implant.
Advantages of Dental Implants
People choose dental implants for many reasons. They’re more comfortable and attractive than bridges or dentures and they are permanent. Implants can improve your appearance and increase your self-confidence. They also offer many health benefits. More than three million people in the United States have dental implants & that number is growing steadily. At Advanced Dental & Implant Care, our patients have discovered the many benefits of dental implants, such as the following:
A More Youthful Face
Choosing to have a dental implant can improve your smile and make you look younger and more attractive. Implant crowns are made to match the color of your natural teeth so they blend perfectly and enhance your smile. Implants actually stimulate bone growth in your jaw and help retain your face’s natural shape and smile so they help maintain a more attractive youthful appearance.
More Self-Confidence with Dental Implants
When you feel good about your teeth and your smile, your self-confidence increases. With implants, you won’t have to worry about hiding your teeth with your hand or smiling with your lips closed. You won’t have to worry about loose dentures or what others might think of your missing or imperfect teeth. Implants look and feel like your natural teeth, so any self- consciousness you may have had disappeared.
Healthier Teeth (MOST IMPORTANT)
When you have dental implants, you do a favor for your remaining teeth. That’s because implants reinforce your natural teeth which helps them last longer. Implants are stronger than natural teeth, and they can’t get cavities or break. When you are missing a tooth more stress is on your teeth that are left because there are fewer teeth to take the force of your bite. This causes your teeth to wear down more quickly which results in more dental work or loss of more teeth If you lose a tooth or have a tooth extracted, getting a dental implant as soon as possible helps prevent bone loss at the site of the missing tooth.
With dental implants, you brush and floss just as you would your natural teeth. This is great news for people with bridges that can trap food in your mouth or dentures which require scrubbing or soaking.
A Return to the Foods You Enjoy and Healthier Digestion
Having dentures or bridges can lead you to avoid certain foods, either because of pain or because food becomes trapped in uncomfortable places. Dental implants are like natural teeth, so there’s no need to avoid certain foods for those reasons.
If you have any missing teeth, or if you’ve grown tired of dealing with bridges or dentures, call our office or use the online booking tool to make an appointment for a free implant consultation. Dr. Pottorff, a dental implant specialist serving patients in Huntley, Elgin, South Elgin, and nearby communities. He will answer all of your questions about dental implants and help you decide whether they’re right for you.