Despite innovations in dental care, tooth loss is still a part of aging. By the time the average American is age 50, he or she will have lost 12 permanent teeth due to decay, gum disease or injury. And tooth loss isn’t just a cosmetic concern. It can affect your bite, start a domino effect of more teeth being lost due, as well as weaken the jawbone.
One way to stem the tide of tooth loss is to get dental implants. The procedure itself first involves some CT scans of your teeth. A surgeon then implants a titanium screw in the jawbone, and then the prosthetic tooth is attached. Although they may not be for everyone, especially if you’ve already experienced significant bone loss or are a smoker, they last a lifetime and the failure rate is less than 5 percent. They can help you prevent needing bridges and dentures later and have a number of other life-changing benefits. Especially if you have lost a single tooth, a dental implant can be your best option for saving the rest of your teeth in the future.
Better Chewing, Better Nutrition
Chewing food can be a chore with dentures, with only 20 percent of the chewing efficiency of natural teeth. Meanwhile, dental implants can provide you with up to 80 percent chewing efficiency. Better chewing means you’ll be better able to get the nutrients out of your food, improving your health overall.
Less Friction, Better Oral Health
Dental implants also give you better oral health, mainly because of what dentures and bridges do instead. Within the jawbone, the dental implant is seen and treated as bone. The natural bone will grow around it, helping the bone to maintain its health and strength. On the other hand, dentures, which can grow and harbor bacteria and fungi, can cause gum irritation and ulcers due to the constant friction. For bridges to be implanted, adjacent teeth need to be ground down, which can leave them vulnerable to decay, nerve damage, and possible root canals in the future.
Simply put, dental implants are easier to live with than dentures. Dentures tend to cause embarrassing slips and cause irritation. Dental implants stay put and, unlike bridges, provide better access to the rest of your natural teeth for cleaning, increasing your overall oral hygiene.
Improved Comfort and Speech
Dentures slipping can cause mumbled or slurred speech. You won’t have to worry if your dental implants will slip as you talk, as they are surgically implanted.
A Better Smile
Of course, the most visible benefit of getting dental implants is the improved appearance. When teeth are lost, bone support is also lost which is why dentures may look unnatural. Compared to dentures, implants look more natural. With a more natural-looking smile, you can feel better about yourself and feel less self-conscious.
If you’re looking to keep your smile for years to come, you should look for an experienced dental practice for an Anaheim dental implant consultation.