Do you feel embarrassed about smiling for the camera because you’re missing teeth? According to studies, an estimated 178 million Americans are currently missing one or more teeth. While these statistics may be comforting, they don’t change the fact that you’re uncomfortable with the way your smile looks. Fortunately, you can restore both the cosmetic and functional aspects of your smile with dental implants.
Dental Implant Benefits
There are many benefits associated with dental implant placement. In addition to improved appearance, you can also experience the following advantages when you have implants placed by a skilled periodontist:
- Long-term reliability
- Improved oral comfort
- Decreased loss of bone mass
Implant posts are generally made from titanium, which is a very strong material that is resistant to corrosion. It’s also usually accepted well by the body. The titanium post gives the implant structure its strength and durability. If you take good care of your dental implants, they should serve you well for up to 15 years or longer before needing replacement.
In addition to reliability, implants are also valued for their ability to improve oral comfort. Some tooth replacement appliances are designed to float on the surface of the gums, but dental implants are secured firmly in place. They become fused to the jaw bone during the healing process and feel just like normal teeth.
Perhaps the most unique and notable benefit dental implants offer is the ability to stimulate the bone of the jaw. When the jaw is consistently stimulated, it is less likely to degrade. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that have the ability to minimize bone degradation due to tooth loss.
Choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth is a wise decision that will have a lasting impact on your oral health and appearance. Without gaps in your smile from missing teeth, you’ll have the freedom to smile again without feeling ashamed.
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