Nearly everyone would love to keep their natural teeth healthy and in good shape; you would be hard-pressed to find many people that want dentures or implants. However, sometimes nature has other plans. If you’re faced with choosing between dentures and dental implants, there are a few benefits of dental implants you should keep in mind when you make your decision.
Benefits of Dental Implants
To many patients, one of the most important benefits of dental implants is the way they look. Dental implants look much more realistic than dentures or other restorations. They can be made in almost any shade, to match your natural teeth. Implants can also give your face a more natural appearance; missing or damaged teeth can create a sunken appearance and cause you to be self-conscious. By restoring a more natural look, implants can enhance your appearance and give you more confidence.
Dentures and dental bridges can be uncomfortable to wear, and downright painful for the first few weeks that you have them. Dental implants are permanent and are much more comfortable than dentures on a daily basis. Plus, you can eat like you do normally, without having to take out your dentures first or worrying that they will come out in the middle of a meal.
Dental implants are stronger and more durable than the other choices you have to replace your own teeth. Dental implants are embedded in your jaw, so they won’t shift when you are talking or eating. Dental implants are very durable and have a much smaller risk of damage or failure, and never develop cavities or have any of the other problems that your natural teeth have. They will also help protect your natural teeth from shifting, grinding, and other issues that are associated with missing teeth.
Bridges and dentures typically last only five to ten years, as they can become worn out or need replacing because of changes in your natural teeth and jaw. Dental implants are made to last your entire lifetime, so they can save you thousands of dollars over time. Implants are as close to your natural teeth as you can get; because they’re embedded in your jaw like natural teeth, they will always fit! All you have to do is care for them just like you would your natural teeth to keep the surrounding gums healthy.
If you need to replace missing or damaged teeth, Dr. Mullins and the staff at My Family Dentistry can help. We have years of experience with dental implants, and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.
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