Benefits of Dental Implants
The Most Durable and Lifelike Option for Replacing Missing Teeth
Dental implants are the strongest, longest-lasting and most lifelike replacement option for missing teeth. Implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function just like natural teeth and with proper care they can last a lifetime.
Dr. Bergmann and Dr. Izu have the long-term experience to know when to recommend dental implants as the most suitable treatment option for tooth replacement.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw to act as an artificial tooth root, replacing a missing tooth. Through a connecting piece known as an abutment, a dental crown, bridge or denture is placed on top of your implants.
The bone into which an implant is placed integrates (fuses) with the implant and securely anchors it in place. The integrated implant is just as strong as a natural, healthy tooth root.
Benefits and Advantages of Implants
With dental implants:
- You have the same biting and chewing power as with natural teeth. This allows you to eat the foods you want and need for full nutrition and removes the need to use a blender or avoid certain foods.
- Your jawbone needs the pressure of regular biting and chewing to maintain its density and volume. Dental implants supply that pressure and thus prevent bone loss and the eventual “collapsed” facial appearance that this brings with it.
- With dental implants, there is no need for grinding down and compromising adjacent teeth, as is the case when placing a dental bridge.
- Dental implants keep adjacent teeth stable. The gap caused by a missing tooth can cause adjacent teeth to shift. This pulls your teeth out of position and can affect your bite and your ability to chew.
- Dental implants last longer than any other tooth replacement option, and with proper care they can last a lifetime.
Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges
A dental bridge requires the grinding down of the adjacent teeth on either side of the missing tooth so the bridge can be attached. This weakens those adjacent teeth and can lead to decay, fracture or other complications in the future. Additionally, dental bridges do not prevent bone loss in the area of the missing tooth.
Dr. Bergmann and Dr. Izu prefer dental implants to replace missing teeth, as dental implants require no compromising of adjacent teeth. They prevent bone loss and are as strong as natural teeth. A dental bridge can be an option in certain circumstances, however—such as when the adjacent teeth are already compromised and in need of dental crowns. The doctor will let you know if a dental bridge is a good option for your individual circumstances.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
In the past, the only option available when you were missing all your teeth was dentures. Although economical and still an option, dentures have many disadvantages that make them the choice of last resort now that other methods of tooth replacement are available.
Today there are many options for replacing missing teeth using dental implants. And major advances in technology have made dental implant treatment precise, efficient and minimally invasive.
The disadvantages of dentures
- Dentures provide only 10 – 20% of natural chewing power, making it very difficult if not impossible to eat all the foods you need for adequate nutrition without resorting to a blender.
- Dentures often slip while chewing, which can lead to painful sores on your gums.
- Dentures can click or make noises when you are trying to talk or eat.
- Dentures have a false palate that covers the roof your mouth. This inhibits your sense of taste and blocks any awareness of heat or cold when eating or drinking.
- Dentures may need messy adhesives to be kept in place.
- Dentures may continually become loose and have to be refit.
- Unlike implants, dentures do not provide the chewing pressure necessary to prevent bone loss in the jaw which occurs when teeth are missing. In fact, the pressure from traditional dentures accelerates bone loss and eventually leads to a “collapsed” appearance of the lower third of your face. This can create wrinkles and thin lips, and make you look older than you really are.
Implant-supported dentures provide stability and increased chewing power
When dental implants are used to support a denture, it is stable in your mouth and your chewing power is significantly increased. Implant-supported dentures can either be fixed permanently in your mouth or mounted with snap-on attachments, allowing you to remove the denture at your own discretion.
Both types of implant-supported dentures increase your chewing power, remove the need for a false palate covering the roof of your mouth and help provide the chewing pressure needed to prevent bone loss in the jaw.
Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation
If you have missing teeth or need to replace teeth that are beyond repair, you can receive a Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation to learn more about dental implants. Find out whether you are a candidate and discover your treatment options. Your consultation will include:
- Visual oral exam
- Limited X-rays as needed
- Consultation with the doctor
- Find out more about dental implants
- Discuss your treatment options
- Get all your questions answered
To make an appointment, call 760‑349‑7100 or click here to request an appointment online.