Dental implants are the best replacement option for lost teeth because of all the benefits they offer. As part of our celebration for AAID Dental Implant Month, we’re going to explore these benefits in more detail.
Dental implants function just like natural teeth, require no special maintenance, and can last a lifetime. And they can look great — so much like natural teeth that no one will know or guess that they’re not your natural smile!
Teeth That Are Fixed in Place
Unlike removable dentures, dental implants are permanently attached to your jawbone. This means they won’t shift or move when you’re eating or talking. You can continue to enjoy all the foods you used to eat. If you’ve had to cut back your diet in recent years because your teeth and gums have been hurting, you can look forward to expanding your diet again.
If you’ve had dentures before, you know that they can move around when you’re talking, too. This can make it hard to be understood, and when you get excited, they can even come out of place. But dental implants will stay in place and help you speak clearly again. You won’t have to worry about them coming out of place during heated discussions or fun nights out with friends. Some of the outrageous things your friends say may make you snort wine out of your nose, but it will never make your implants fall out of your mouth.
Teeth That Are Easy to Maintain
Dentures can be a nuisance to care for. Because they can get food underneath them, you have to take time to clean them every time you eat. And then there’s the nightly time spent trying to get gunk — including adhesive — off of them. Finally, there’s the soaking of your dentures at night.
But dental implants can save you all this hassle. Dental implants can be maintained just like your natural teeth. All you have to do is brush twice daily, floss every day, and make your regular dental appointments. That’s all.
Teeth That Can Last a Lifetime
Another great benefit of dental implants is that they can last a lifetime. Clinical studies show that well over 90% of dental implants last over 20 years (with most failures occurring in the first year), and there are anecdotal accounts of individuals with implants for 50 years. Dental implants can last this long because they are supported by your jawbone and support your jawbone, creating a mutually reinforcing relationship that also supports your gums for long-lasting, attractive results.
We have every reason to believe that dental implants, when properly placed and cared for, can function as permanent tooth replacements that will serve you for the rest of your life. In some cases, you might want to replace the dental crowns or bridges over the implants after ten or 20 years.
Are you considering dental implants in Columbus, OH? We’ve got a place reserved in our implant hall of fame for your new, beautiful smile. Please call (614) 848-5001 today for an appointment with implant dentist Dr. Mike Firouzian.