If you have lost one or more teeth, there are a few different treatments that can fill in those empty spaces and improve your ability to chew food and speak clearly. However, not all tooth replacement options are created equal. Dr. Graicerstein always recommends dental implants for patients who are good candidates for them. He does so because of the many benefits that implants offer. On this page, you will learn more about why this treatment is a step above the rest.
The human body is very efficient. When one part of it is not being used, it weakens, and its materials get recycled elsewhere. The jawbone is no exception to that rule. When you lose a tooth, the bone that once supported it begins to deteriorate. However, because dental implants bond with the bone, they stimulate it and help to keep it strong and whole. Therefore, you can maintain your natural facial shape and avoid the “sunken” look that often occurs after extensive tooth loss.
There are a few ways in which dental implants benefit your remaining natural teeth, including:
With proper care, dental implants have the potential to last for decades. They could even last for the rest of your life. The restorations on top of the implants also have a long average life expectancy (perhaps around 10 years or so). Other tooth replacement options, such as traditional dentures, may need to be replaced every 5 – 8 years.
Because dental implants are anchored in the jawbone, they provide extremely stable tooth replacement. Unlike traditional dentures, implants do not require you to take any special precautions when you are eating. You can dig into that crunchy apple or juicy corn on the cob without any worry that your new teeth will slip out of place.
Dr. Graicerstein takes great care to ensure that dental implant restorations look extremely natural. They are shade-matched to the surrounding teeth and shaped in a way that complements your facial structures. Unless you want to brag about your beautifully restored teeth, no one will have to know that you have dental implants.
In many ways, caring for dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. Since most implant restorations are permanently fixed in place, you can brush and floss them like normal (if you have an implant-supported bridge, you will need to floss underneath it as well). Of course, just like with natural teeth, regular dental cleanings and checkups are still a necessity with dental implants.
Would you like to learn more about how dental implants may benefit you personally? Contact Torrington Dental Care today.