Benefits of Dental Implants
Lafayette and Opelousas, LA
More than 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and over 36 million are completely edentulous. These numbers are expected to grow in the next few decades.
Though these stats may seem alarming, thanks to dental advancements, your missing teeth can now be replaced with the help of dental implants at Oral and Facial Surgery Center.
How Dental Implants Work
A dental implant consists of a small titanium screw-shaped device that serves as a replacement for the root of the missing tooth. This screw is embedded into the jawbone where your natural tooth was previously located and provides a solid and secure base for your artificial tooth.
From the description, the procedure sounds quite painful; however, in reality, it is not, thanks to advanced anesthesia and sedation options, which can help you stay relaxed and pain-free during the procedure.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants come with a range of benefits that are not provided by other dental restorative options. Some of the most important ones are listed below:
Look and Feel Natural
Dental implants feel, look, and function exactly like your natural teeth. This is the number one benefit of dental implants since alternative dental restoration options do not look as natural, feel comfortable, or do not function as efficiently.
Alternative for Bridges
Many people don’t like dentures and bridges because they are not as comfortable and often result in sore spots because of their metal framework or poor ridges. Also, traditional bridges are attached to the adjacent teeth by dental crowns, which mean the neighboring natural teeth need to be eroded down. Also, cantilever dental bridges are quite risky since they can result in fracture of the adjacent tooth by too much force on the prosthetic.
Retention of Jaw Density
When your mouth loses a tooth, the alveolar bone near the place gets dissolved back into the body since it no longer serves the purpose of anchoring a tooth. When that happens, your jaw loses its density. As a result, the shape of the mouth gets warped, and your lips pucker. This can make you look years older than you are. Since dental bridges replace the tooth root, the jawbone fuses to it and strengthens and stabilizes your jaw.
Traditional dentures shift and move around your mouth and can make chewing difficult. Also, since they are not very stable, people with dentures are unable to eat certain foods like hard apples and tough meat. People with traditional bridges also face a similar issue as chewing on certain food can cause the bridges to crack or dislodge. This results in a reduced quality of life.
However, with a dental implant, you can eat all sorts of food with complete confidence.
People who wear conventional dentures have trouble with pronouncing many words correctly. This is because dentures feel cumbersome and come with framework that makes it difficult for your cheek and tongue to move properly. They also slip within your mouth, causing you to slur your words. Since dental implants function like natural teeth, you have no trouble speaking at all.
Improved Comfort/ Convenience
Traditional dentures can slip in your mouth or cause your gums and cheeks to become sore and irritated. They also feel heavy and cumbersome, and you will be required to take them out of your mouth every time you sleep or practice oral hygiene. They also require special cleaning and can easily become misshapen or warped. This can be very inconvenient.
Dental implants fit into your mouth like natural teeth so you can detect no difference at all between an implant and a natural tooth.
Improved Oral Health
Since dental implants work like natural teeth, this means there are no places in your mouth that become hard to access because of complicated frameworks. They also do not require any special care while cleaning. All you need to do is to brush your teeth and floss them regularly like normal.
Unlike traditional dentures, which may need to be regularly upgraded as your mouth structure changes due to bone loss, dental implants are meant to be permanent and are very durable. In fact, with proper oral care, they can last for over 15 years.
Dental implants have a success rate of 95%, making them an excellent tooth restoration option.
If you have missing teeth and need to replace them, call us at 337-443-2533 for our Lafayette location or 337-381-3663 for our Opelousas location to schedule an appointment, and we will recommend the best treatment option for you.