In our overview of the dental implant system, we mentioned that implants are considered the gold standard of restorative dental treatments. Why is that? It’s because dental implants offer benefits that other tooth replacement solutions, including dental bridges and removable dentures, simply can’t match. These unique benefits include the remarkable, natural-looking aesthetics of modern implant technology, as well as incredible convenience, and remarkable endurance. More generally, implants are the only solution that can comprehensive treat and prevent many of the complications associated with tooth loss, including jawbone deterioration and dental infections.
Why Dental Implants?
The consequences of tooth loss go beyond the unattractiveness of a blemished smile, although this alone can be bad enough when considering the impact a missing tooth can have on self-image and self-confidence. Indeed, the loss of teeth is associated with a higher propensity for anxiety and depression. Our smile is an important facet of our character; it says much about who we are, even if we are unaware of this fact and even if what it says isn’t exactly true. Did you know, for example, that almost three-fourths of people trust someone with a straight smile over those with crooked or missing teeth? These perceptions, and how you’re treated as a result, can take a toll on your emotional health.
There are also a host of dental complications associated with tooth loss. Those missing teeth are more likely to contract gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental infections. This is because large gaps between our teeth can be difficult to clean, requiring more time and patience. This neglect can lead to abnormal accumulations of plaque, gradually damaging the tissues that make up our teeth and gums. Dental infections can spread and infect other teeth, as well as other parts of the mouth, making it worthwhile to prevent them now, before they cause further damage.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants come with a broad array of benefits and advantages. These include:
- Spectacularly Natural: Part of the implant system includes the crown , which is your permanent replacement tooth. These are meticulously customized to your standards, so that once fitted virtually no one will be able to tell the difference between your natural and artificial teeth.
- Unrivaled convenience: Dental implants require no special treatment, no time-consuming cleaning process. Instead, they are brushed and flossed just like natural teeth.
- Extraordinary longevity: Whereas dental bridges and removable dentures last only 7–9 years on average, a dental implant can last a lifetime. Permanently integrated into your jawbone through the organic process of osseointegration, dental implants provide strong, unwavering support for your dental crowns.
- Comprehensive health benefits: By plugging that gap between your teeth, dental implants can help protect you from tooth decay and gum disease (although this assumes that you are keeping up with your dental hygiene). They can also help prevent and reverse bone loss, keeping your jawbone strong and healthy. Finally, by restoring the luster to your naturally beautiful smile, dental implants can help you feel strong and confident once again.
Smile Again at our Sugar Land Dental Practice
Dental implants provide benefits that other tooth replacement treatments can’t come close to matching. Is it surprising, then, that implants are the preferred solution to tooth loss? To learn more about dental implants, visit the other pages on our educational site. If you’re ready to start the journey towards the smile you deserve, contact us at our Sugar Land practice via the form to your left or by calling us at 832-500-3935.