The benefits of dental implants are numerous. From improved self-confidence to better health, dental implants allow you to live a better life, getting you back to doing what you loved before your tooth loss issues.
In the past, people were forced to use traditional dentures. These were better than nothing, but they weren't great. They were usually ill-fitting, required adhesives to stay in place, and rarely ever did stay in place. With the advent of dental implants, all of that changed. Dental implants offered a permanent solution to tooth loss that was far more effective and convenient. Today, with the further advancement of this technology dental implants help patients live full lives with teeth that last a lifetime and look and feel just like the real thing.
Of coures, in cases where patients have only lost some teeth, they might wonder why dental implants would be preferable over traditional bridges. There are a few reasons that dental implants are superior.
Traditional bridges are placed in the mouth by fashioning what is essentially a miniature set of false teeth which are then attached to the teeth on either side of the space where the missing teeth used to be. As with traditional dentures, bridges can have fit issues from the start or further down the line. In addition, traditional bridges put pressore on the teeth that butt up against the sides of the bridge. This can cause those teeth to shift over time, leading to an incorrect bite, unsightly spacing between the bridge and the surrounding teeth, and bone deterioration in the area where the teeth are missing due to lack of bone tissue stimulation.
Dental implants work differently. Using screws that are inserted into the jawbone itself, Dr. Cipriano attaches a set of permanent teeth that won't shift or cause the surrounding teeth to shift. In addition, the screws inserted into the bone tissue prevent the loss of that bone due to ongoing bone tissue stimulation provided by the screws whenever you eat or speak.
Whether you require the replacement of a few teeth or a full dental reconstruction, the medical benefits of dental implants are studied, well-known, and shown to be highly effective. These benefits help to keep your oral health in top condition by starting from the foundation - your jaw.
When we lose teeth, we lose the bone tissue stimulation that keeps our jaw healthy. Without our teeth, our jaw begins to deteriorate, losing mass and density. The screws inserted into the jaw to hold the new teeth in place provide the necessary stimulation to prevent bone loss. In fact, dentla implants are the only dental reconstruction technique that can do this.
Unlike traditional dentures, dental implants never move out of place, never create a pocket betwen the teeth and the gums, and never need to be removed for cleaning. This helps improve oral health by preventing food from lodging between the new teeth and the gums and allowing bacterial growth. In addition, this durability means that these teeth last for a lifetime. Simply using proper oral hygiene techniques will ensure that your new teeth last a lifetime and help keep your whole mouth healthy.
The secure fit and ease of care provided by dental implants help improve overall oral health by preventing bacterial growth between the teeth and the gum plate. Dental implants also ensure that food never becomes lodged in the soft tissue of the gums where the teeth used to be, preventing possible infection from bacterial growth.
In addition to the medical benefits of dental implants, there are several quality of life benefits associated with these implants, as well. Dental implants offer a whole-mouth approach to oral health that providds both health and convenience.
Unlike traditional dentures, dental implants are exceedingly easy to care for. The days of pastes, creams, soaking, and realigning are over. With dental implants, you simply follow the same healthy oral care routine you'd use with real teeth.
When our teeth our missing, it can result in a sunken look in our face. The area that was once filled with teeth is now empty, so the lips and other tissues of the mouth will sink into the empty space. This look is further exacerbated by the bone loss that accompanies tooth loss. Dental implants improve the look of your face both immediatley and down the road. The addition of your new teeth will immediately reverse that sunken appearance, and the screws used to hold the teeth in place will prevent bone loss down the road.
Our tongues and teeth work in conjunction with one another to help us create the various sounds needs for speech. When our teeth are missing, we can't correctly make some of those sounds. This can lead to lisping and other speech impediments that can cause garbled speech that's difficult to understand. Implant dental restoration makes it possible to speak correctly and clearly once more.
Tooth loss makes it difficult to eat some foods and impossible to eat others. Traditional dentures address some of those concerns, but not all. If you had relatives with dentures, you probably remember them turning away certain foods or quietly creeping off to the bathroom to remove and clean their teeth after eating to remove debris between their gums and dentures.
Dental implants make it possible to enjoy all of your favorite foods with no worries whatsoever. These implants fit as perfectly as real teeth and offer the ability to eat all the foods you love just like regular teeth. From fruits and nuts to corn on the cob and more, there are no limits with implants.
A sunken appearance, turning away certain foods, creeping off to readjust or clean debris from your dentures - all of these things can drastically impact your self-confidence. One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is getting that self-confidence back. Dental implants address all of those issues, leaving you free to be the person you were before your tooth loss issues occurred.
When thinking about the benefits of dental implants, it's important to keep something equally important in mind - the cosmetic dentist who will help give you your new smile. Dr. Joseph Cipriano of Healthy Smiles of Staten Island provides dental implants to his patients using an approach that keeps their oral health as the first priority.
His approach begins with an assessment of your oral health. From there, he'll discuss your options and whether dental implants are right for you. He's committed to your oral health, whether that means dental implants, state-of-the-art bridges, or another reconstructive approach.