Benefits Of Dental Implants

Dental implants can be an option when a permanent tooth is lost or damaged beyond repair. An implant works as an anchor between a new replacement tooth and the surrounding gum structure. Although the process may be uncomfortable--and expensive for the uninsured--there are a number of overwhelmingly positive benefits.

Better oral health - Dental implants can help to improve the health of your surrounding teeth, gums, and other tissues. A dental implant can help to prevent other teeth from shifting in the mouth, which could potentially lead to other issues down the road. An implant does not require other nearby teeth to anchor, as with a dental bridge, so there is also less potential for damage to the surrounding mouth.

Better overall health - It's hard to eat with teeth in poor shape. Not eating (or eating the wrong foods) can deprive your body of very important nutrients, which will affect your health. Removable dentures are notorious for making it difficult to eat nutrient-rich crunchy fruits and vegetables, even with the best adhesives. This also ties back in with improved oral health--a balanced, healthy diet rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals can improve condition throughout the whole body, including the mouth.

Speech improvements - Ill-fitting dentures or missing teeth can cause significant issues with speech. Dental implants can improve these issues because they eliminate potential denture slipping, helping to eliminate mumbling, slurred words, and other speech difficulties. 

Appearance and self esteem - American culture is obsessed with beautiful, white smiles. A missing tooth spells disaster for your pearly whites, and a pretty smile is one of the first things many people notice. A subpar smile can make you feel like you're not at your best--or lead to smiling less and being perceived as a grumpy person. In fact, smiling can even improve your overall mood, 

Convenience - Removable dentures can be a good option for patients who require multiple tooth replacements, but they are not without some drawbacks. Permanent dental implants alleviate the need for messy adhesives or the embarrassment of having to remove dentures in public (or worse, having them accidentally fall out). Permanent dental implants can't be misplaced like removable dentures, and they don't generally require any additional daily maintenance apart from regular oral care.

There are many benefits to dental implants ranging from physical health to mental and emotional benefits. If you're considering implants, talk to your dentist to see if this option is right for you.