Your teeth were designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes they don’t! Replacement of missing teeth is important to overall health of your teeth. Not only do you lose chewing ability when a tooth is lost, but unreplaced teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped or crowded and create subsequent problems. Among various restorative dentistry options, implants are accepted by both patients and dentists alike as the next best thing to healthy, natural teeth. The strength and stability that an implant offers makes a restored tooth look, feel, fit, and function like a natural tooth.
What are the benefits of dental implants over dentures and bridges?
Restore natural function
Perhaps the biggest benefit of implants over other forms of treatment is that, because they bond with your bone, over time they start to feel no different than a natural tooth. This means they feel natural, comfortable, and stable even when eating and talking.
Natural Aesthetic Look
While some dental restorations can make a patient feel uncomfortable in a public setting because their smile looks different. In worst cases, these removable dentures or tooth-supported replacements may fall out during talking, eating, or laughing! Implants will allow a patient to lead a life of freedom, sans such embarrassing moments and remove constant worry about their teeth.
Restore your pronunciation
With restorations such as removable dentures, the patient may have to struggle sometimes to pronounce some of the words. Such a trouble is non-existent with dental implants, which will allow the patient to speak naturally as anyone else with a full set of healthy and natural teeth.
Little maintenance required
You just brush and floss as you usually would. Dentures, on the other hand, can involve a whole time-consuming process of removing and rinsing them after you eat, soaking them overnight, cleaning your mouth when your dentures are out, all in addition to brushing them. And, when dentures are in your mouth, they need adhesives, which can be messy.
Implants can last a lifetime. Crowns and bridges may have to be replaced every 10-15 years, and dentures may have to be replaced, on average, every 3 to 8 years. Dentures can also lose teeth and wear down over time.
Prevent bone loss
Bone in the jaw deteriorates where there is no tooth. This is because the bone requires the pressure of chewing to maintain its density.
Dentures can even accelerate the bone loss as they are often loose, and then rub against the bony ridge, gradually wearing it away. Implants act as natural teeth and provide that stimulation. This is also true for implant-supported bridges or fixed (non-removable by the patient) supported-dentures.
Dental Implants can help keep you free of gum disease
Prevent facial sagging and premature aging
As dental implants can prevent bone loss, they also can prevent facial sagging for people who have all or many of their teeth missing. Due to progressive bone loss caused by the missing teeth, the facial height between the tip of the nose and chin decreases, causing the lower third of the face to collapse.
Unlike other dental restoration treatments, which will usually require repair, adjustment, or replacement over time, implants are considered a permanent solution.
Keeps other teeth in place
Implants can help keep your mouth healthy. If you opt for an implant, this acts to protect and support the surrounding teeth and keeps them from shifting. With bridges that are supported by other teeth, the natural teeth on the other sides of the bridge have to be filed down and contoured correctly so that the appliance will fit on it correctly.
Dental implants can change your life for the better. If you have suffered from low self-esteem and discomfort from missing teeth, dental implants can make many of your worries disappear.
Dr. Gowtham Kattamuri
Dr. Gowtham has done his BDS from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in 2006 and MDS – Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics from Dr. MGR Medical University in 2010. He is a skilled Endodontist with an experience of over 10 years. Dr. Gowtham is specialized in replacement of teeth, Dental Implants, prosthetics for maxillofacial defects such as artificial eye, ear, nose and orbital defects, Smile Makeovers with laminates, Zirconia, veneers metal free ceramics. He also performs general dental procedures such as restorations and extractions. He also is trained as an International Patient Coordinator.