What’s the next best thing to healthy teeth? The very best false teeth, of course. Yes, we’re talking about dental implants. They’re strong, solid, and look just like natural teeth. They make you forget your tooth was ever missing. But that’s not all. Here are 5 things you need to know about dental implants.
1) Dental Implants Are Long-Term
Dental bridges generally last between five and seven years. They can last 10 years with excellent care and good fortune. But eventually, they may need replacement. Not so with dental implants. Your implants may need occasional adjustment but they can last for the rest of your life with proper care.
2) Dental Implants Stay In Your Mouth
Your teeth belong in your mouth, wouldn’t you agree? That’s just where dental implants stay. They won’t slip or fall out while you’re talking, laughing, eating, or riding a rollercoaster. At night, you’ll brush and floss your implants – just like natural teeth – and go to bed with teeth intact. In your mouth.
3) Dental Implants Let You Eat Anything
Go on, take a bite. Whatever your favorite food is, implants let you enjoy it. You won’t have to worry about unsticking your denture glue (or getting food uncomfortably stuck between your gums and the dentures). Have a craving for peanut brittle? Have at it.
4) Dental Implants Are Cavity-Free
Your implant-restored replacement tooth will never decay. Just be sure to brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly.
5) Dental Implants Protect Your Teeth
Your best option besides implants is a dental bridge, attached to the teeth on either side. And attaching the bridge requires grinding down one or both of the teeth it’s attached to. In other words, your healthy teeth need to be damaged. However, dental implants are screwed into the bone itself. It doesn’t take up extra space or hurt your healthy teeth. And an implant perfectly keeps your teeth from shifting to fill the hole left by a missing tooth.
If you’ve recently lost a tooth (or even several teeth), dental implants may be right for you. You can talk to our experienced oral surgeon to learn about your options. As you can see, with dental implants, you can have excellent quality of life after tooth loss!