Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a popular restoration technique that is often used in lieu of dental bridges or other restorations. These do have some disadvantages, such as being an invasive and costly procedure, but they also have many advantages over other restoration techniques. For example, their use is very versatile, they can be easily hidden, and they help with maintaining oral health. Oral & Facial Surgery explains these advantages in more detail.
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Dental implants act like a natural tooth root would, so they support a variety of dental restorations. This is crucial since many dental restorations are supported by remaining natural teeth otherwise. This means that your natural teeth would need to be filed, causing permanent damage.
Dentures can be made to be permanent or removable, while the dental implants remain the same regardless of restoration type.
Dental implants are hidden below the soft and hard tissues of your oral structure. This means that the restoration will be seen, but the implant will not. This creates the illusion that you still have your natural teeth, meaning that people will not be able to tell the difference.
The loss of a tooth often means the loss of function, even to a minor degree. Eating and speaking become much harder without a full set of teeth. Implants restore these abilities as they look and function like regular teeth.
These implants are made of titanium and have a strong post, that integrates into the bone. This means that the payoff for a long recovery time is an incredibly steady dental restoration that is just as strong as natural teeth. Titanium does not break down over time as other restoration materials can. In fact, you can expect these to last at least 10 to 15 years before they need to be replaced. Oftentimes, dental implants can last up to 25 years!
Oral Health Promotion
Dental implants prevent your oral structure from weakening and changing shape over time. Your tissues will not weaken like they would without the structure in place. Additionally, dental implants do not affect the surrounding teeth, so side effects to the natural teeth are not a concern.
Oral hygiene is also easier to maintain with dental implants because the structure is so stable. Removable dentures are easy to remove and clean. Permanent structures are easy to brush and floss as if they were your natural teeth. Contact Oral & Facial Surgery in the Lewiston/Clarkston region at 208-743-1640 or in the Moscow/Pullman region at 509-330-5020 to learn more about the benefits of dental implants.