The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research found that the average American age 35 to 49 is missing seven teeth! Thankfully, there’s a standard of care for missing teeth: dental implants. You may be thinking that implants sound scary or expensive, but they’re extremely beneficial. Here are five reasons why nobody ever regrets getting dental implants.
If you’ve thought about filling your missing teeth with tooth-supported cemented dental bridges, think again. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry states that they usually last five to seven years, or if they’re taken care of, they can last more than 10 years. However, they will need to be replaced. Dental implants can last your entire life (barring a few adjustments) if you take care of them! Unlike many other treatments, they have a reliable, predictable and successful track record.
A dental implant requires a surgical procedure that does not rely on other teeth for support. Unlike fixed bridges, they're anchored in your jawbone, not on healthy teeth. Therefore, they help preserve the integrity of your oral health while keeping your other teeth from shifting. Plus, you can’t get cavities in your implant-restored teeth. Nonetheless, you will need to visit your dentist regularly and clean dental implants like natural teeth.
People who use dentures (removable dental appliance) can get stuck in situations where their dentures slip out of their mouth or move during everyday gestures like yawning, smiling, kissing or laughing. Dental implants never have to be repositioned. They fuse with your jawbone naturally, so they’re locked in place. You won’t ever find that you can’t speak because you have a mouth full of slipping teeth!
Dental implants help people to leave behind feelings of embarrassment and instill comfort and confidence. Teeth that are replaced with implants are aesthetically pleasing, helping to maintain the shape of your face and smile.
The bottom line is that dental implants are a tooth replacement. They’re the next best thing. They will look great, feel great and function just like natural teeth. You won’t worry about whether you can eat, talk or smile. You’ll simply be able to enjoy your life!