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What are the Benefits of Dental Implants

Despite dramatic improvements in dental care, many people still suffer tooth loss secondary to periodontal disease, tooth decay, or injury. For many years, the only treatment alternative available for people with missing teeth were dentures and bridges. Fortunately, nowadays, dental implants are available.


In essence, dental implants act as replacement for tooth roots. They also serve as a robust foundation for removable or permanent (fixed) teeth that’s made to match the patient’s natural teeth.


Benefits of Dental Implants


Dental implants provide a lot of advantages. Some of the most remarkable include:


It helps improve speech. When the dentures are poor fitting, it can cause the teeth to slip. As a result, it can also lead to mumbling or slurring of speech. Thankfully, dental implants will make it possible for you to speak without worrying about your teeth slipping.


It helps improve appearance. Dental implants feel and look just like natural teeth. Since they are designed to fuse with the bone, they eventually feel like part of the mouth.


It makes eating a lot easier. As expected, dentures that slide can make eating difficult. The good news is dental implants can act like one’s natural teeth so it allows you to chew your favourite food with confidence and without pain.


It provides improved comfort. Since dental implants will fuse with the bone, you will be spared from all the discomforts often associated with removable dentures.


It offers peerless convenience. Since dental implants are not removable, you need not go through all the inconvenience of removing dentures every now and then or using messy adhesives to keep them in place.


It helps promote better oral health. Unlike tooth-supported bridge, dental implants won’t require reducing other teeth. Since nearby teeth won’t be altered to support the implant, more of the natural teeth will be left intact, improving long-term oral health in the process. In addition, individual implants will also make easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene in the process.


It helps improve self-esteem. Since dental implants look just like natural teeth, it can help enhance your confidence and make you feel better about yourself.


It is considered more durable compared to other alternatives. Implants are very durable and can last several years. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.


Ideal Dental Implant Candidates


In many cases, individuals that are healthy enough to go through routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered good candidates for dental implants. Dental implant candidates also need to have healthy gums as well as enough bone to hold the implant in place.


In addition, those who will go through the process need to be committed to practicing good oral hygiene as well as regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, patients who have had radiation therapy to the neck or head area, and those with uncontrolled chronic disorders like heart disease or diabetes have to be evaluated on an individual basis.


As a general rule of thumb, consider it best to talk things out with your dentist so you’ll know if dental implants are the best option for your case.

Dr. Gerald Tan