1. Dental implants have an extremely high success rate.
The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons reports that dental implants have an average success rate of 95 percent.
2. Dental implants are the longest-lasting tooth replacement option.
Dentures may need replacing every 5-7 years and bridges may need replacing every 5-10 years. However, with proper care, dental implants can last for several decades.
3. Dental implants don’t require special care.
Dental implants should be cared for as if they were your natural teeth. Brush, floss, and rinse as you would normally. Also, you can remove implant-secured dentures for cleaning just like non-implant dentures.
4. Dental implants can replace any number of missing teeth.
For a single missing tooth, a single crown implant does the trick. In some cases, an implant-affixed bridge might be a better option. For edentulous patients (those with no natural teeth remaining) implant-secured dentures or All-On-4® Teeth in a Day are the answer.
5. Dental implants help maintain bone health.
When you lose a tooth, your body senses the loss and stops sending vital nutrients like calcium and phosphorus to the area. As a result, the surrounding jaw bone begins to deteriorate and can actually threaten the health of neighboring teeth. Since a dental implant replaces the crown and root of the missing tooth, the body continues sending nutrients to the area.
6. Dental implants keep the remaining teeth healthier.
When you lose a tooth, your remaining teeth will drift toward the empty space. This can create hard-to-clean areas where plaque can build up and increase your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Implants maintain the proper spacing needed to keep teeth clean and healthy.
7. Dental implants will improve the way you look.
Let’s face it, unless you’re a little kid, a missing tooth does not look good. Missing teeth can make you look older and in poorer health. Replacing those gaps with dental implants will restore the shape and structure of your lips and cheeks, helping you look younger and healthier.
8. Dental implants restore your ability to chew.
People with missing teeth have generally poorer health because their diet is restricted to soft, easy-to-chew foods. Also, improper chewing does not allow the body to adequately absorb much needed nutrients. Dental implants restore proper chewing ability. For instance, implant-secured dentures and All-On-4 teeth in a day, restore 80-90 percent of your normal chewing ability while traditional, removable dentures only restore 10-20 percent.
9. Dental implants restore your ability to speak normally and taste your food.
Teeth play an essential role in making the sounds needed for normal speech. When a person has missing teeth, their speech often sounds slurred, lisped, or otherwise distorted. Dental implants return speech function to normal by replacing those missing teeth. Regarding improved taste ability, one of the most common comments we receive from patients who receive implant-retained dentures after wearing removable dentures for several years is a returned sensation of taste. This is due to the reduction of the amount of plastic in the mouth with implant-secured dentures. Many patients are surprised at how much more they enjoy eating their favorite foods after receiving dental implants.
10. Dental implants are a more secure solution than dentures.
Dentures are notorious for slipping, sliding, clicking, popping out, and needing periodic refitting and replacement. Dental implants do not move or slip, they do not require readjustment, and in most cases, the only aspect that may need replacing is the prosthetic.
Dental Implants with Your Cypress Dentist
If you or a family member has just lost a tooth or has been living without teeth for years, call our office at (281) 376-9246. Our Cypress, TX, dentist office proudly provides a full range of expert implant dentistry services to patients in Cypress, Houston, Spring, Tomball, and Katy, Texas.