When you are missing one or more teeth in your mouth, you may be wondering if dental implants are a good option for you to replace the missing teeth. Due to the fact that the procedure involves the surgical implantation of a titanium rod into your jaw bone, some people want to make sure they know enough about the procedure before jumping in to see if it is worth the time, discomfort and expense. The good news is that there are a number of benefits related to opting for this type of tooth replacement procedure as compared to other options available.
One primary benefit is that dental implants look and feel as natural as if your own teeth were still in your mouth. Once the rod is implanted and healed and a replacement tooth is carefully crafted and permanently placed on the post, you can’t even tell the difference between your implant and your natural teeth. In contrast, dentures or bridges can feel uncomfortable, can move around and can make it more evident that the teeth in your mouth are not all your own.
Another benefit, aside from the look and feel of the teeth is that the procedure is extremely durable and long-lasting. Once an implant is in place, it functions just like a real tooth and provides you with years and years of service. In fact, following the procedure, the implanted tooth should be cared for just like a natural tooth and should last just as long. There are no wires to break, seals to loosen or anything else to worry about since the tooth is securely and permanently attached to a post that is connected right to the jaw bone.
Speaking of the jaw bone, perhaps one of the biggest benefits of dental implants is something you can’t see or feel. By having the titanium rod implanted directly into the jaw bone, it allows for the growth of new bone around the surgical site, keeping the jaw bone strong. When a tooth is lost and the jaw bone is no longer being used to support it, atrophy can otherwise occur which can lead to bone loss and potential problems down the road. Implants prevent that from occurring since the jaw bone still has a function to support the implanted teeth just as if they were natural ones.
Additionally, since the teeth are firmly secured into the jaw bone, the replacement teeth have the same ability to bite and chew as if they were real teeth due to the fact that they have a stable base. Rather than the replacement teeth simply sitting on top of the gums, as is the case with bridges or dentures, implanted teeth provide the additional stability that comes from being firmly attached to the underlying bone.
There are many benefits of opting for dental implants over other types of tooth replacement alternatives. It’s best to discuss all options with your dentist to determine which option is right for you.
For more information about dental implants, contact Gentle Dental in Bayside, Queens at 718-461-0100.