There are a couple different reasons why you may have lost your “permanent” teeth; typically it’s gum disease or a facial injury that does it. With how advanced technology has become, the dental world has really been taken to the next level with its new appliances and treatment options. This is great news for those of you who have lost teeth along the way! It means more natural looking, longer lasting, and easier to clean replacement options that are even more cosmetically appealing and completely functional. What are the benefits of dental implants?
Implants are custom-made to look and fit naturally next to your other teeth. They should match the same coloring of your teeth and even feel as though you got your old tooth back (except better)!
Throughout the process of getting a dental implant, you’ll learn that the implant itself actually fuses directly with your jawbone. In doing this, it ensures stability and a lifetime solution for replacing your tooth. Other restoration options (like bridges) last somewhere from five to seven years, maybe ten if you are extremely diligent and clean when it comes to your mouth. As long as you can keep up with your oral hygiene, your implants will never need to be replaced.
Implants resist bacteria, infection, decay, and damage. In some ways they can even act as protection for your other teeth by stopping the infection in its tracks! Keeping your “new” teeth clean is fairly easy, though, and definitely something to get excited about. Other options can be difficult and some even need to be removed in order for you to clean them. With these, you just brush and floss as you would your regular, natural teeth and you’re done!
Don’t forget to visit your dentist for a professional cleaning once or twice a year!