People who are missing teeth due to trauma, disease or poor oral hygiene have a few options to replace those missing teeth. Depending on the location and number of missing teeth, your options include a dental bridge, dentures, or dental implants.
For a single missing tooth or several consecutive missing teeth, the traditional treatment is a dental bridge. For patients missing all or most of an entire arch of teeth, the treatment is typically dentures.
With advances in dental technology, a better option has evolved. Dental implants are now the best and most natural solution to replacing one or even all of your missing teeth. Dr. Doroshenko is a highly-trained Prosthodontist with advanced training in implant dentistry. He works with patients on an individual basis to address tooth loss needs with exceptional outcomes.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are an amazing solution that can lead to improved comfort and confidence, bringing with them many clear benefits. By replacing missing teeth, dental implants can restore normal eating and speaking abilities and help preserve facial structures. Additionally, they can provide a secure and durable option and offer a beautiful, natural look that can improve self-esteem. In short, dental implants can significantly improve the quality of your life. Continue reading to learn more about these benefits.
Dental implants can last for life. The actual lifespan of implants depends completely on the patient and their lifestyle and oral hygiene habits. Since our prosthodontist surgically installs the implant fixture in your jaw bone, it will actually fuse with the surrounding bone and will remain there forever. That is unless you have preexisting medical conditions or implant misuse.
Despite implants costing more than other options, in the end, you may actually end up spending more on dentures and bridges because you will eventually need to replace them. They also require a lot of care and maintenance. It is important to look at the broad picture when making your choice; dental implants are the only option that will last a lifetime.
Better for your oral health
There are a few reasons why teeth implants are better for your oral health when compared to other restorations. The first and most important reason being the prevention of bone loss. Implants will replace the tooth root and this is what actually prevents the jaw bone from deteriorating.
Conversely, dentures and bridge wearers will inevitably experience bone loss after years of wear. People who choose a dental bridge will need to sacrifice healthy teeth in order to accommodate it. Our dental implant specialist will need to reduce healthy teeth that sit on either side of the bridge, essentially damaging your healthy teeth. However, dental implants will only replace your teeth that are missing and will leave your healthy teeth intact.
No more embarrassing moments
Removable dental restorations tend to slip around in your mouth and come loose at the most inopportune times. If you are speaking, they may cause your speech to slur or maybe even fall out. They can even come loose or fall out while you are coughing, sneezing or chewing food. It is moments like this that make patients self-conscious and scared to be out in public. Dental implants attach permanently to your mouth, leaving you with no worries of them slipping around or falling out.
No more food restrictions
Removable restorations, especially dentures, will obviously come with food restrictions since they are not as stable or durable. It is especially hard for people who want to eat a healthy diet. Dental implants will not wiggle or move to allow you to eat whatever you want. However, you should always follow your dentist’s instructions when it comes to eating with a dental implant.
Generally, you should not do anything you wouldn’t do with your real teeth. Do not use your implant to bite off or tear into packages or hard plastic. Doing so could damage the implant and your teeth. It is also important to maintain good oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing at least twice a day, to ensure that the dental implant stays healthy.
Better quality of life
Dental implants can be life-changing for many people. They offer much more than just a beautiful smile. They provide an overall boost to self-confidence, and a greater quality of life. With dental implants, our patients can enjoy the simple pleasures of life such as laughing, eating, and smiling without embarrassment or discomfort.
When you are proud of your smile and not constantly worried about your fake teeth falling out or keeping you from eating the foods you love, you are able to live happily. No longer is bad oral health an obstacle! Improvements with dental implants can provide a lifeline to living a truly happy and fulfilled life.
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