A missing tooth can damage your confidence and impact your oral health and wider health. Dental implants offer a permanent restoration that will look, feel and function just like a natural tooth.
It is the only restoration that mimics the structure of a real tooth. As dental implants become more popular, more dentists are learning how to do this specialist treatment. As a result, the price is becoming more accessible, particularly if you are only looking for a single tooth restoration.
In this guide, we will explore some of the most common reasons patients will choose a dental implant over alternatives such as a bridge or denture. Read on to learn more about this treatment and how it can help you.
What is a dental implant?
For those who don’t already know about this treatment, a dental implant is a small titanium screw that is placed in the jaw bone. The jaw bone heals around the implant in a process known as osseointegration. A healing abutment is placed on top of the implant and this sits above the surface of the gum. A crown, bridge or full denture can then be placed on the implant.
Why are implants a superior choice?
The alternative to a dental implant would be a bridge or denture. These restorations will restore your smile aesthetically, but their functionality is limited.
With a dental implant, you can restore missing teeth both aesthetically and functionally. The implant mimics the role of the tooth root, which allows you to chew food with confidence. The force of your bite is absorbed by the jaw bone, not the surrounding teeth or your gums.
This means no foods are off limits, which can help your wider health by ensuring you don’t adjust your diet because of dental pain or discomfort.
Dental implants are also very easy to care for. You can simply brush your teeth and floss as you would with your natural teeth. There is no need to remove your implant to clean it and you don’t have to use any specialist brushes.
Another reason to love dental implants is the impact on your wider health. If you leave a gap in your smile, the surrounding teeth may shift to fill the space. This can leave them out of alignment and crooked. The opposite tooth may also come loose as it has nothing to push against when you bite down.
Dental implants help to protect the surrounding teeth by providing permanent support to keep your teeth in alignment and your bite working correctly.
Top reasons to choose dental implants
These are some of the most common reasons individuals choose dental implants over the alternatives:
Dental implants last a lifetime
The restoration looks, feels and functions like a real tooth
You can use dental implants to support a crown, bridge or full-arch denture
No foods are off-limits
You don’t have to remove them to clean them
The implant will protect the surrounding and opposing teeth
What are the downsides of dental implants?
While dental implants might offer plenty of benefits, there are some disadvantages to consider.
Treatment takes longer than other restorations and could take 3-6 months from start to finish
Some patients don’t like the surgical aspect of the treatment and would prefer a less invasive treatment
The cost is higher than other restorations, but you need to consider the lifetime value of treatment when assessing your options
If you’re considering dental implant treatment and want to know if you are a good candidate, the first step is to book a consultation with our team.