Most dentists agree that the best solution for tooth loss is replacing the missing tooth with a dental implant. No other tooth replacement offers the stability, security and longevity of implants.
As you weigh your options, Dr. Bruce Bosler of Bosler Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in Vacaville encourages you to explore the benefits of dental implants, many of which are outlined in this post.
Look, Feel and Function Like Natural Teeth
Dental implants mimic the natural appearance, feel and function of healthy teeth. The implant post is surgically implanted in the jawbone to act as the tooth’s root, offering a stable foundation for the artificial tooth (usually a crown) that sits above the gumline. The implant’s crown is constructed to match the visual characteristics of the surrounding teeth, so the implant is virtually indistinguishable from the natural teeth.
Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant does more than improve the appearance of a smile. Implants restore chewing ability, clear speech, confidence and happiness. They also promote good oral health and overall health.
Remain Securely in the Mouth
Because the implant posts integrate with the jawbone and become part of the bone’s anatomy, implants are extremely secure in the mouth and not removable. And because they don’t shift or slide around, implants do not impede speech or chewing. Nor do they make clicking or popping noises. Implants can be brushed and flossed like natural teeth, and do not require soaking or special cleaning supplies, like dentures do.
Protect Healthy Jawbone
When teeth fall out, the jawbone beneath the gap can waste away because it no longer receives stimulation from the forces of chewing. This can eventually lead to more serious oral health problems, such as bone loss and the loss of additional teeth. However, placing implants helps the bone continue to thrive without issues.
Help Maintain a Natural Facial Shape and Appearance
The loss of teeth can cause the face to sag or look sunken-in. In many cases, this prematurely ages the face or gives it a sad appearance. Replacing teeth with dental implants prevents these problems and helps maintain a natural, attractive facial shape and appearance.
Unlike dental bridges, which require that the teeth adjacent to the gap left by a missing tooth be crowned, dental implants are a standalone solution. They do not attach to or require support from the remaining teeth left in the mouth.
Designed to Last
As Dr. Bosler explained in a previous post, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. Compared to other replacement options — like dental bridges, which last an average of five to seven years — implants can potentially last the rest of your life. (Of course, the longevity of your implant depends on how well you care for it.)
To learn more about why dental implants are great for your oral health and your overall health, contact Bosler Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry and request a consultation with Dr. Bosler. Call (707) 392-1019 or email us today to make your appointment.