Dental implants offer benefits that you won’t find with traditional bridges or dentures. That’s because the restorative benefits implants provide are unique, especially when it comes to the long-term. Take note of the following points before arriving at your implant consultation! The most common benefits include:
Dental implants are often considered to be the most cost-effective solution for tooth loss because of their durability and longevity. In comparison, bridges and dentures need replacing every several years or so, while dental implants have been proven to last at least 25 years to a lifetime when properly maintained. Even though they carry a higher price tag, they are considered to be a long-term investment that can last the same wear and tear of natural teeth.
Implants replace the entire tooth structure, including the root. While bridges and dentures may offer cosmetic benefits for your smile, they fail to simulate what natural teeth feel like when in use. Implants make it easy to eat and drink just about anything. As a bonus, the crown portion of your implant cannot develop decay because bacteria cannot break down the porcelain material it uses.
Implants look incredibly natural next to real teeth. This is because the porcelain material our dentists use is designed to reflect light almost identically to real teeth. When you smile, people around you won’t be able to tell the difference! Plus, since implants stimulate your jawbone, your face and jawbone will keep it’s natural shape.
When receiving certain restorations, such as dental bridges, dentists need to buff down existing teeth near the gap in your smile. This is because they use these teeth to anchor a larger restoration. In the case of dental implants, whether you’re replacing one tooth or using them in tandem with a dental bridge to replace multiple teeth, you don’t need to buff down enamel in the process. The more you’re able to retain your natural tooth structure, the better.
When placed by a professional, dental implants have success rates between 95 and 98 percent. This includes dental implants that were placed as many as 10 years ago, so you can rest knowing that your restoration will get a lot of use after placement. In fact, implants have shown to have a better track record compared to dentures, bridges and even root canal therapy.
If these benefits fit your standards when it comes to tooth replacement, then now is the time to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Gladston Silva or Dr. Renata Santelli. They’ll walk you through the process and make sure that your restorative needs are met. Contact our office to get scheduled and begin your path to a smile that lasts for decades!