Why Choose Dental Implants?

dental x-ray highlighting missing teeth and jaw bone resorption

Dental implants have the highest success rate of any surgically implanted device, and with proper care and routine visits to your dentist, could last you for the duration of your lifetime. Although having a beautiful smile that instills confidence is important, there are also important health reasons to have dental implants. Whether replacing one tooth or several, implants are an important solution to restoring and maintaining dental health.

Why should I consider dental implants?

There are many reasons that dental implants are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures requested in the U.S. today. Widely recognized as the best solution for simulating the look and function of natural teeth, dental implants do much more than replace missing teeth- they have the unique benefit of being both a functional and cosmetic solution. In addition to providing new confidence through a beautiful smile, they also help maintain and strengthen bone structure, provide the ability to chew healthy food, and simplify dental health care. They also protect existing teeth by helping to preserve bone structure.

What happens when a tooth is lost?

Once a tooth is lost, several things begin to happen that are not immediately noticeable to a patient and which can have a significant negative effect on both health and appearance. Tooth roots help hold teeth in place, but they are also critical in maintaining health in the surrounding gums and supporting bone structures. Bone loss in the jawbone is one significant problem that naturally occurs once a tooth is lost. This bone loss can compromise the integrity of neighboring tooth roots and tooth stability, and it is also a large part of what causes the “sunken” look seen in people who have lost several or all of their teeth. It is why patients who wear dentures find that their dentures are harder and harder to fit and keep in place over time.

How can dental implants help prevent bone loss?

Dental implant placement can help generate bone growth in the area around the implant, which strengthens the bone and builds support, and alleviates the sunken look that can occur with bone loss in the jaw. This process is known as osseointegration and is a significant benefit of implant placement because it can also help prevent future bone loss.