8 Long-Term Benefits of Dental Implants
Your Future Smile With Dental Implants
A dental implant makeover has an incredibly transformative impact on how a person feels about their smile as well as their physical and oral health. Many advantages of dental implant surgery are obvious immediately, but there are just as many long-term benefits that make these prosthetic tooth restorations absolutely worth the time and money invested.
Here are 8 of the most impactful long-term dental implant benefits that we love to see our patients experience.
1. Fuller, More Youthful Facial Appearance
Missing teeth change your facial appearance over time. This is due to a combination of bone loss in the jaw and the loss of facial muscle tone in the cheeks and jaw. The result can be early aging, wrinkle development, and facial sagging. Dental implants prevent these problems from occurring by helping you to keep your face full and youthful. Even if you lost your teeth a while ago, you can still get implants now and give your face a younger look.
2. Permanent Boost to Self-Confidence
The loss of a tooth can tank self-confidence, especially if the tooth was in a visible spot. Dental implants fill the gap and help you regain confidence in your smile and your outward appearance. They feel stable, just like real teeth, and you’ll soon forget your tooth is prosthetic. You won’t need to deal with removable restorations that remind you of your missing tooth.
3. Preservation of Jawbone Density
The most significant issue that occurs with tooth loss is subsequent bone loss in the jaw. The jaw relies on the roots of our natural teeth to remain strong and dense. The only prosthetic tooth option that replicates this is a dental implant. The implant post mimics a natural tooth root and continues to stimulate and support healthy jawbone density.
4. Functional and Well-Aligned Bite
Preserving your jawbone density also has the long-term benefit of helping maintain a properly aligned bite. Your bite, or how your jaw and teeth fit together, is crucial to your oral health and oral function. A misaligned bite can lead to jaw pain and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), as well as negatively impact your daily life in many ways. Dental implants preserve your bite and ensure this doesn’t happen.
5. Comfortable Speech and Chewing
Speaking and chewing easily are linked to a well-aligned bite. Tooth loss makes it hard to chew food thoroughly, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies and gastrointestinal issues. Speaking freely without discomfort is undoubtedly important as well, but tooth loss can also affect the sound of your speech. Dental implants help you retain your natural speech pattern, your ability to chew easily, and your freedom to eat the foods you love.
6. Straightforward Oral Care at Home
Caring for healed dental implants is no different than caring for natural teeth. You can follow a standard oral hygiene routine of brushing at least twice a day for two minutes, flossing thoroughly on a daily basis, and using the same oral care products you enjoyed before, such as mouthwash. The easier it is to care for your smile, the easier it will be for you to prevent plaque buildup, decay, and gingivitis.
7. Reduced Risks of Further Oral Issues
Because dental implants are the closest thing you can get to a natural tooth, they help reduce oral health risks associated with tooth loss. By receiving a dental implant, you lower your future risks of developing jawbone loss, facial distortion, and malocclusion.
8. Permanent Solution With Minimal Maintenance
The decision to receive a dental implant is a permanent one. With good home care, the dental implant post can last a lifetime without needing to be replaced. The crown that forms the visual prosthetic tooth may need to be replaced, but these typically last for 10 to 15 years or longer. This means that your dental implant requires very minimal maintenance, and the need for repair or replacement is practically nonexistent compared to nearly all other tooth replacement options.
Learn more about dental implant benefits by booking an evaluation at The Tooth Doc.
If you’ve experienced tooth loss or have a tooth that needs to be extracted, our team at The Tooth Doc can help guide you through the possibility of a dental implant makeover. During your initial evaluation with your dentist, they will take a look at your smile, determine if you’re a candidate for dental implant surgery, and take you through what you can expect as a patient. From there you can move forward with your journey to a restored, healthy smile. You can book your consultation today by calling our Omaha, Nebraska, practice or using the appointment request portal on our website.