Do you have an unwanted gap from a missing tooth that makes you self-conscious to smile? Most dental professionals and oral surgeons agree that dental implants are the best way to address missing teeth.
However,dental implants do so much more than just fill in a gap and help you achieve a complete smile. Here are five reasons dental implants are the most popular treatment option for missing teeth and how they benefit your overall oral health.
1. Dental implants look, feel, and function like a natural tooth.
Once a dental implant is fitted with the crown, or a prosthetic tooth that is attached to the dental implant, the results look and feel natural. Essentially, dental implants function like a natural tooth, so you can continue living life to the fullest. You can eat, drink, talk, and engage in social events, feeling confident that your smile looks exceptional.
2. Dental implants are long-lasting and reliable.
Did you know that dental implants have a 95-98% success rate for forty to fifty years? With good oral hygiene and proper maintenance, your dental implants could potentially last a lifetime.
You no longer have to worry about replacing a flipper tooth, chewing or swallowing with dentures, or fixing a dental bridge. With dental implants, you can replace a missing tooth and live life as you normally would.
3. Dental implants prevent bone loss.
Many find this surprising, but when you lose multiple teeth and don’t get them replaced, the body naturally begins to reabsorb the bone where the tooth roots once were. Over time, this may cause your face to look caved in, leading to an unnatural appearance.
With dental implants, the rod that anchors the implant essentially acts like the root of a tooth, sending a signal to your body to stimulate bone growth around it during the healing process. This not only prevents bone loss but may also address already-existing bone loss in the treated area.
4. Dental implants improve oral health.
Since dental implants are anchored directly into the jaw bone and function like normal teeth, they improve oral health by supporting the neighboring teeth, whereas bridges often require the adjacent teeth to be sanded down, and dentures can cause gum and mouth irritation.
With dental implants, you can improve your oral health and restore your beautiful smile without compromising the health of your surrounding natural teeth.
5. Dental implants are low maintenance.
Once the osseointegration process is complete and your dental implant is securely anchored into the jaw bone, proper dental hygiene can help you maintain your dental implants for years to come. Unlike dentures and other forms of tooth replacements, there are no extra steps you need to include in your day-to-day.
At the Los Angeles Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our recommended oral hygiene routine includes brushing your teeth twice a day (morning and night), flossing once a day, using a mouthwash, and scheduling routine check-ups with your dentist.
Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants
If you are ready to achieve the smile of your dreams, the board-certified oral surgeons at the Los Angeles Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery are here to help. We specialize in replacing missing teeth and restoring smiles with natural-looking dental implants. Schedule a dental implants consultation with one of our doctors at (310) 842-4811.