November 24, 2020
You have many reasons to be grateful this holiday season, especially if you have dental implants as a tooth replacement option. With so many benefits, it is no wonder that this permanent restoration is becoming so popular. Since it’s just about the time of year when we think about the things that we are grateful for, your dentist is sharing some reasons why you should be thankful for your dental implants.
PREVENTS BONE LOSS
If you are missing teeth, you will also lose bone mass in your jaw over time. This is because your jawbone isn’t getting the regular stimulation it needs to maintain its mass. This can alter your appearance by causing sunken-in cheeks and wrinkled lips. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option out there that maintain the integrity of your jawbone and prevents bone loss since it replaces the missing root of the tooth.
RESTORES BITE FORCE
Since dental implants are placed directly in the jawbone by your dentist, and the titanium fuses to the bone in a process called “osseointegration,” you will be able to chew your food with the same force as you could with your natural teeth. In fact, they can restore up 90% of your natural chewing power. On the other hand, dentures only restore up to 30% of your bite force. Even though this is still lifechanging for people who are missing most of or all of their teeth, dental implants have a lot more they can offer.
You don’t need to stock up on cleansing tablets, adhesive, or special flossers when you are taking care of your implants. You just need to treat them how you would treat your natural teeth. This means brushing twice and flossing once every single day and attending regular visits to your dentist for cleanings and checkups.
Dental implants look just like real teeth. This is because your dentist carefully and thoughtfully plans exactly where your implants need to be placed. The crown at the end of your implant is customized to be the exact size, shape, and color needed for fitting in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Implants are a permanent tooth replacement option, unlike dentures or dental bridges. Other options need to be replaced and repaired periodically while dental implants can last multiple decades when they are cared for properly. You can even go the rest of your life without having to think about your implants again!
Over the holidays, be grateful for your smile! If you’re wanting to replace your missing teeth, ask your dentist if you’d make a good candidate for dental implants. This way, you can reap the benefits of a beautiful, fully functional smile!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. James E. Orban is a periodontal specialist who is providing quality care to patients in the Colorado Springs area. He earned his dental degree from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry and has been working in the field for more than 50 years. Dr. Orban is a member of numerous professional organizations including the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the American Academy of Periodontology. For more information on dental implants or to schedule a consultation, visit his website or call (719) 354-2895.
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