If you or a loved one is missing one or more teeth or have broken or decayed teeth that are beyond repair, please keep reading to find out why The Houston Dentists believes dental implants are the best plan to replace that tooth (or teeth).
The dental implant technique is not new; it has been successfully used for more than 50 years with dental patients who are suitable to receive them. And, with proper care, implants can last a lifetime, unlike other procedures.
The top reasons we believe in dental implants are:
- Prevent bone loss: When teeth are missing, there are no roots to keep the jaw bone stimulated. This leads to deterioration of that space of bone — up to 25 percent loss in the first year. Depending on how many teeth are missing, this can lead to other teeth moving out of place causing even more damage to your mouth.
- Comfortable and natural-looking: It’s hard to tell the difference between natural teeth and implant(s). Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth. Smiling, eating, brushing, and flossing (!) can all be done completely normally with no fear of any dentures falling out.
- Can last a lifetime: They are made of titanium alloy (what is used for hip implants), which is the most corrosion-resistant and biocompatible (non-toxic) of all implant materials. Dental implants are designed to last. Bridges and dentures typically only last 5 – 10 years.
- Without dental implants, facial sagging occurs: Facial sagging typically occurs as a result of missing teeth. With bone loss, due to no root stimulating the jaw bone, one’s face begins to collapse. Changes may include more wrinkles around the mouth, thinning lips, and a pointier chin, which makes you look older than your true age.
- Improved oral health: A bridge may require altering other teeth and dentures can accelerate bone loss if they become loose and rub, wearing away the bony ridge. Dental implants leave your own teeth intact and don’t rub against others which improves long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
Some patients aren’t candidates for implants but that’s rare. As with all procedures, it’s important to find out what works best for you, which is why we offer complimentary dental implant consultations. In this consultation you will:
- Learn about the different treatment options
- Have all your questions about dental implants answered
- Learn about the next steps in the implant treatment process
Contact us today to find out more.