Benefits of Dental Implants
Dentures used to be the go-to for missing teeth. Dentures are made from an acrylic material that has been designed to fit a specific mold of your mouth. One of the biggest disadvantages of dentures is that even though they replace your missing teeth, they do not stimulate the jawbone. This means that they cannot stop the bone loss that accompanies tooth loss. As your jawbone changes shape, your dentures will no longer fit properly, and you will need to have them replaced approximately every seven years. Dental implants, on the other hand, have many benefits, including the fact that they help stimulate the jawbone and are a permanent tooth replacement.
Dental Implants to Prevent Jaw and Gum ResorptionDental implants are one of the most modern and long-term techniques to replace teeth. Dental implants are highly successful in preventing loss of the remaining bone mass. They are also easier to be taken care of than bridges and dentures. Implants are a method of placing posts in the jaw, which substitutes the roots of your lost teeth, thus stimulating the jawbone to rebuild the balance that is required for the natural bone to produce and resorp. And, then your body starts sending the nutrients that are required, which stops further bone loss in your jawbone and preserves its regular shape.
Bone Grafting to Recover Significant Bone LossIn cases where there has been significant bone loss due to going a long period without teeth, your jawbone becomes too weak to support dental implants. Bone grafting is a surgical method used to replace lost bone from another part of your body. It helps in stimulating your jawbone to regrow. Once your jawbone has enough bone mass, we can place the dental implants in the bone. We use different types of bone graft materials, depending on each patient’s case, including the modern materials that need less time to heal.
Dental Implants Allow You to Preserve Your Healthy TeethWith other tooth restorations, such as veneers, dental crowns, bridges, and fillings, part of your tooth needs to be shaved down in order to accommodate for the dental prosthesis that is going to be added to it. This is not so with dental implants. You can have as many, or as few, dental implants as you need for the amount of teeth that you are missing. We provide single tooth dental implants, multiple tooth dental implants, and implant supported dentures. This also means there is no need for any tooth extractions. When you get a full set of dentures, all of your teeth, including your healthy teeth, are removed, to make way for the new full denture. With dental implants, you are able to preserve your healthy natural teeth and get implants only for your missing teeth.
There are many other benefits to having dental implants; these are just a few. If you are seeking dental implant surgery for your missing teeth, please contact Boones Landing Dental Center at (503) 601-0610 today to get started!