Benefits of Dental Implants
A dental implant surgery is the most effective, comfortable, and natural-looking way to replace your lost teeth. A dental implant is shaped like a small titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone. This device fuses to the bone and creates a solid foundation for an artificial crown.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are several reasons why Dr. Garcia and Dr. Alexandra Garcia at Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS consider dental implants as the most effective prosthodontic procedure.
Let us take a look at the various benefits dental implants provide.
Better Eating Ability
Although there is no replacement for your real teeth, dental implants are the next best thing. Since these implants are embedded into your jawbone, they are very stable and offer superior chewing and eating abilities. They also do not move around in the mouth, unlike dentures, which makes them feel just like natural teeth.
Alternative for Dentures and Bridges
Many people find it troublesome to use dentures and bridges. Dentures feel bulky in the mouth and slip and slide when you eat, speak, or smile unless you use denture adhesive on them. You also cannot eat all of your favorite foods with dentures.
Bridges, on the other hand, are not as strong as dental implants and can only withstand a certain amount of pressure. Traditional bridges also require adjacent teeth to be shaved down, which can have an impact on your overall oral health.
Retention of Jaw Bone
When you lose your teeth, the bone in that area breaks down, reducing the overall quality and quantity of the jawbone. This can make your cheeks collapse and mouth pucker inward, reducing your esthetics. In addition, it can make it difficult to hold dentures in your mouth.
Dental implants replace the tooth root and prevent this bone loss, retaining the integrity of your jawbone.
People who wear dentures often have trouble speaking and can develop a lisp. That’s because dentures feel bulky, can slide around in the mouth, and restrict the movement of the tongue. In contrast, dental implants feel just like your natural teeth so you do not have any trouble speaking with them at all.
One of the major concerns people have about dentures is that they continuously rub against your gums and cheeks, leading to mouth sores. This can be very uncomfortable to many people. On the other hand, dental implants are fixed in place and do not rub or chafe against your teeth. They are also hypoallergenic and do not cause allergies so they are a good option for most people.
Unlike dentures that need to be taken out every night, brushed separately and placed in a soaking solution, dental implants do not require any special care. You can brush and floss them like your natural teeth. We strongly recommend you practice good oral hygiene with your dental implants, even though they are not your real teeth, to prevent gum disease which can lead to implant failure. Also, always schedule your six-month routine dental appointments and keep them.
With good oral care and lifestyle habits, your dental implants can last you for over 25 years. This gives them another advantage over dentures which need to be repeatedly rebased, relined, or even replaced and may last for just seven years.
Dental implants have a very high success rate. Depending on the place they are implanted, they have an 88% to 98% success rate. This means that most people do well by getting this restoration option.
The great thing about dental implants is that most people with a fully-grown jaw and who have sound oral and overall health are good candidates for dental implants. At Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS, Dr. Garcia and Dr. Alexandra Garcia we will check your medical history and your oral health and determine whether you are qualified to have dental implant surgery.
To make an appointment with us, call us at (346) 250-2930 today.