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Monday, July 16, 2007

10 Benefits of Dental Implants

Most people are familiar with dentures as replacements for missing teeth, but may not know much about the advantages that dental implants offer over dentures. For centuries man has endeavored to find a more natural replacement for missing teeth.

Modern, space age materials have allowed that quest to become a reality. Today’s dental implant is possible because of these materials combined with years of research and clinical trials. The dental implant is truly the most natural solution for missing teeth.

Dental implants are an effective, safe and predictable solution to the problems resulting from missing teeth. Many patients report exciting benefits from dental implants, such as:

• Dental implants are the closest possible replacement to natural teeth.

• They make replacement teeth stable for eating and smiling with confidence.

• Dental implants remove the need to cut down healthy teeth for a bridge.

• They can eliminate the pain caused by ill-fitting dentures.

• Dental implants help preserve the bone in the jaws.

• In some cases, they help maintain the shape of the face.
Implants are a safe, highly effective and comfortable way to replace your missing teeth. Lets talk about them more concrete:

1. Dental Implant Improve Appearance:

When teeth are lost, ongoing shrinkage of the jawbone occurs making the face look older. Dental implants can slow or stop this process. Dental implants look and feel like your own natural teeth.

2. Benefit of Dental Implant: Improved Comfort

Dental implants eliminate the pain and discomfort of removable full or partial dentures. Since dentures sit on top of the jawbone and gums, continuous shrinkage of the jaw bone alters the fit of the denture resulting in slipping or rocking of the dentures. Exposed nerves and irritation of the gum tissue may add to the discomfort.

Implant supported replacement teeth are like natural teeth because they are anchored securely to your jawbone. Gum irritation and the pain of exposed nerves associated with conventional full or partial dentures are eliminated.

3. Benefit of Dental Implant: Improved Speech

With ill fitting dentures, the teeth slip and slide around the mouth. The facial muscles become tense in an attempt to hold the teeth in place. This often results in mumbling, slurred speech or clicking noises. Replacement teeth allow you to speak with confidence in a relaxed and natural tone.

4. With Dental Implant You Will Eat Better

The average denture patient with an excellent fitting denture eats at 15-20% efficiency when compared to a person with natural teeth. As the jawbone shrinks, your chewing efficiency is reduced even more, making it difficult to eat certain foods. Dental implants can restore chewing efficiency comparable to that of natural teeth.

This allows you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain, enjoy what everyone is eating and not think twice about it. A full upper denture covers the palate of the mouth and reduces the ability to taste foods. With dental implants, you can have the palate removed from your upper denture so you can taste and enjoy your food.

5. Benefit of Dental Implant: Convenience

Dental implants can eliminate the numerous embarrassing inconveniences of removable partial and full dentures. You will eliminate the use of gooey denture adhesives that must be re-applied throughout the day. You will no longer need to cover your mouth when you laugh or smile, for fear that your teeth will pop out or fall down.

6. Protect Your Remaining Natural Teeth with Dental Implant

Dental implants are often more appropriate than a bridge for the replacement of one or more adjacent teeth. With conventional bridgework, the teeth surrounding missing teeth must be ground down. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify these teeth, resulting in a conservative, yet esthetic restoration.

Normally, the bone in the area of a tooth is maintained by your body. But if a tooth is absent anywhere in the jaw, the bone will slowly atrophy. By placing an implant in your mouth, the implant stimulates the bone so that your body will continue to maintain the bone in the area, much like a natural tooth. Bone loss can be a problem for people with dentures - and can also make the face look older as the area around the mouth can sag as bone is lost

7. Benefit of Dental Implant: Improved Self Esteem

Considering all other benefits, dental implants can improve your self-esteem. You may feel better about yourself. You can regain nearly all the capabilities that most people have with natural teeth, giving you renewed confidence, and allowing you to enjoy life, do what everyone else is doing and not think twice about it.

8. Benefit of Dental Implant: No decay

Implants and implant supported teeth do not decay, so you don’t need to worry about changes or a loss of function to your implants, or cavities.

9. Benefit of Dental Implant: Periodontal Disease

Implants can be less prone to gum problems than natural teeth. In cases where people have lost some or all of their teeth due to gum (periodontal) disease, implants can be used to replace the missing teeth. Because the offending tooth or teeth are removed, the environment in the area improves and you have a second chance at healthy gums. Proper home and professional cleaning is still very important for long term health. However, since implant surfaces exposed in the mouth are very smooth, there is typically less plaque and tartar buildup with implants.

10. Benefit of Dental Implant: Reliability

Success rates for dental implants are very high and the longevity of a implant restoration can be a lifetime. Of course good oral health, healthy gum tissue and good bone structure help increase the effectiveness.

All these improvements make people with dentures feel better about themselves, increasing their self confidence while improving their social and business lives.

Dental implants are truly a revolution, solving an age old problem safely and predictably. Implant dentistry can change the smiles and lives of millions for years to come.



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