Benefits of Dental Implants
People lose teeth for many reasons. Loss of teeth can cause problems for oral health such as jaw pain, difficulty eating, and speaking, and reduced self-esteem due to the lack of a beautiful smile. Since dental problems can also lead to other health complications, one should take steps promptly to address them.
No one should have to endure a lower quality of life because of oral complications. Thanks to modern dental science, these problems are not without remedy. We here at Lake Sammamish Family Dentistry] are here to help you restore your smile so you can live the life you want.
Drawbacks of Dentures
Until recently, dentures were the primary method of restoring lost teeth. However, despite their notoriety, dentures have numerous drawbacks. For starters, you must remove your dentures every night and clean and store them properly. The false teeth are held in place using denture adhesives while in use. Toward the end of the day, the adhesives can begin to lose their effectiveness, resulting in the dentures potentially slipping or even falling out.
Since the structure of your mouth changes as time goes on, dentures made specifically for you years ago may not fit properly later on. Also, dentures limit the foods you can eat, sticky foods in particular. For these and other reasons, dentures are not the best option for those who wish to restore their smile.
How do Dental Implants work?
Thankfully, advances in dental science have produced a far more viable alternative: dental implants. A dental implant is a post made of titanium that is surgically placed into the jawbone to replace missing teeth.
To install the implants successfully, we must use a material that the immune system will not reject as a harmful substance. The substance must integrate well with the bones in the body. In other words, we need a biocompatible material. Titanium is used for dental implants because the jaw identifies it as a substance it can grow around. This process is called osseointegration.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The benefits of dental implants are numerous. First, they are permanent and secure, so there is no need to worry about them slipping or falling out. They do not decay. Additionally, dental implants preserve the bone and adjacent teeth.
Prosthetic teeth allow you to chew and speak as you normally would. They are considerably easier to maintain than dentures. You take care of them as you do your other teeth. Dental implants provide less irritation to your gum tissue because they are supported by the implants rather than your gums.
Since the implants act like tooth roots, they stimulate the jawbone so it won’t grow weaker or change shape. This eliminates any need for you to undergo future re-examination and re-fitting for a new set of teeth. Lastly, they look like normal teeth and renew self-esteem by giving a natural smile. No set of dentures can do all this!
If you have are considering dental implants, call us at (425) 270-1075, and we’ll schedule a consultation. We’d love to see you.