mature man smiling and posing for a photoDental implants are the best replacement option for lost teeth because of all the benefits they offer.

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! Once you understand the benefits of dental implants, you’ll see that they’re the best tooth replacement available.

Versatile Tooth Replacement

Whether you’re facing the loss of your first tooth or your last, dental implants can work for you. Dental implants can be used to replace any number of teeth, from a single tooth to an entire arch of teeth.

Enjoy a Beautiful, Natural-Looking Smile

Dental implants look just like natural teeth. Once healed and restored with a dental crown or bridge, people won’t be able to tell that you’ve had teeth replaced, even if they look closely.

Comfortable Replacement Teeth

Removable dentures can be painful. Dentures rest on your gums. When they rub against your gums, it can hurt. Plus, biting and chewing puts pressure on your gums that they were never meant to support. This can make chewing painful, and limits your biting strength.

Dental implants are set in your bone. This keeps them from moving around, and it directs biting force into the bone. Your dental implants will feel just like natural teeth, comfortable in all situations.

Preserve Your Natural Teeth

Some tooth replacement options put your natural teeth at risk. Dental bridges can be a good option in some situations, but they also require us to remove natural tooth enamel to make crowns that support the bridge.

Partial dentures also rely on your natural teeth for support. Some partial dentures can scrape and wear out the enamel on your natural teeth. All partial dentures contribute to the accumulation of plaque against the natural teeth, which can lead to cavities. And tooth replacements that don’t replace the root contribute to bone loss, which can put natural teeth at risk.

Dental implants support themselves and don’t contribute to plaque accumulation against your natural teeth. If anything, they help your natural teeth by filling a gap and providing support.

Preserve Your Bone–and Your Appearance

When your teeth are gone, they stop stimulating the jawbone. The body then thinks this bone isn’t needed, so it starts to remove it. The loss of jawbone puts your teeth at risk, makes your jaw more likely to break, and changes your facial appearance. Your jaws retract, moving up and back, which makes you look older.

Dental implants stimulate the jaw bone. This encourages the body to preserve more bone, which in turn helps maintain your natural appearance.

Won’t Slip Out

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.

With full tooth replacement, you have the option of choosing to have your replacement teeth attached firmly to the implants or to have it as a removable appliance. In either case, though, your replacement teeth will stay firmly in place.

Secure implants help you live a better life. 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.

Eat All Your Favorite Foods

Tooth problems can force you to give up some of the foods you love. If you’ve had dentures or if you have painful, infected, or loose teeth, you’ve probably stopped eating some of  your favorite foods already.

But dental implants let you eat all the foods you used to enjoy. With nearly the bite force of natural teeth, full security, and pain-free function, you can enjoy all the foods you used to eat.

Dental Implants Let You Speak Clearly

If you’ve had dentures before, you know that they can move around when you’re talking. This can make it hard to be understood. You can’t make some speech sounds, and the dentures themselves make noise like clicking or whistling.

But fixed dental implants make it easy to speak clearly. Your teeth are firmly in place so you can easily make all the same speech sounds as with natural teeth. Plus, your implants won’t make noises of their own.

Dental Implants 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.

Replacement 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.

Live Your Best Life with Dental Implants in Columbus, OH

All these benefits make it easier to live a better life with dental implants.

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.