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Benefits of Dental Implants
Tooth Loss Equals Bone Loss
Missing teeth can cause a wide array of problems, from embarrassment, difficulties chewing and eating the foods that you like, to pronouncing words. What many people don’t know is that missing teeth can also cause bone loss in their jaw. Our teeth in our mouth give our jaw and our mouth the structure it has. When we lose teeth, even just one, we begin to experience bone loss. This happens very quickly, with bone loss occurring at a rate of 25% within just the first year! So if you have a missing tooth, you want to be sure to take care of that missing space sooner than later.
What Are the Parts of a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are made up of three parts: the implant, the abutment, and the crown. A dental implant is made of titanium, and acts as an artificial tooth root that integrates into your bone. It is anchored permanently into your jaw. Next is the abutment. It connects the new replacement tooth to the implant. Finally, the crown is attached over the dental implant.
Through a process called osseointegration, the dental implant will naturally fuse together with your jawbone. The process of osseointegration is something your body naturally does. It can take several months for this to occur. After osseointegration has occurred, the final dental implant can be placed.
Other Benefits of Dental Implants
There are many other benefits of getting dental implants in addition to protection from bone loss.
Dental Implants Are Permanent
Because dental implants are permanent, you will not need to worry about them slipping around in your mouth, or potentially falling out, as can happen with dentures. When you lose bone, if you have dentures, your dentures will start to not fit as snugly as they have in the past. This will make eating and talking more difficult. Because dental implants protect you from bone loss, they also help maintain your facial structure. This can be a benefit both for the functionality of your face and mouth, as well as your aesthetics.
Dental Implants Are Easier to Maintain
With dental implants you can clean your new teeth the same you do as your natural teeth, making sure to brush them twice daily and floss once a day. There is no need for special adhesives or cleansers, as there is with dentures. Be sure to use a soft nylon brush for cleaning your implants. Stay away from abrasive tooth brushes, as they could potentially damage your new teeth. It is best to use toothpaste and mouthwashes that are for sensitive teeth and gums.
Dental Implants Are Long Lasting
Dental implants are strong, durable, and meant to last a lifetime. Most dental implants, if well cared for and properly maintained, can last up to 25 years. Dentures, on the other hand, only last a few years, and need to be replaced.
If you are interested in finding out if you are a candidate for dental implants, please contact us at Higbee Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation appointment (541) 342-1187. We are here to meet your tooth replacement needs.