Should I get dental implants? Top 5 benefits of dental implants

Dani Dinkel

Written by Dani Dinkel RDH

Titanium dental implants have many advantages over other treatment options when it comes to replacing teeth. They are the closest thing to a natural tooth that dentistry can provide and have become available to more people over the years.

Enjoy high success rates

Dental implant parts

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Dental implants have high success rates. The success rate of a dental implant in a non-smoking patient is 98.6%. Even in patients who smoke, the success rate is still 84.2%.

A dental implant can be used to restore one missing tooth, several, or even an entire arch - or both arches in the mouth. The procedure has become routine in many dental practices and is not any more uncomfortable than other forms of treatment. Your dentist will administer anesthetic to the area, so you will feel only pressure and vibrations, not pain.

Technology in recent years has allowed a patient who would otherwise not be an ideal candidate to get dental implants. In the past, they were reserved for non-smokers who were healthy and had enough bone to place an implant. Now, dentists and other dental practitioners can perform bone grafts, sinus lifts, and zygomatic implant placement, opening the treatment to a wider range of people.

Improve oral health

Dental implants can improve your oral health in many aspects.

First and foremost, they can replace a tooth that is otherwise unhealthy and even infected. An infected tooth affects your overall health and can lead to serious, life-threatening conditions. They can also reduce the risk of periodontal disease by replacing a tooth with advanced bone loss that is harboring bacteria.

An implant will stabilize the bone, which will prevent adjacent teeth from becoming mobile due to bone loss. While you still need to perform proper oral hygiene on a dental implant, the implant can not decay or cause problems with the adjacent teeth.

Poor oral hygiene and untreated oral disease can cause other health complications. Improving your oral health can actually improve your overall health as well.

Can last a lifetime

Unlike other replacement options, dental implants can last a lifetime. Once the implant has completed ossiogeneriation, the process where the implant fuses with the bone, it is unlikely that you’ll ever need to replace the implant. Dental implants are durable and a reliable way to replace teeth.

Act as natural teeth

Dental implant next to natural teeth

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Dental implants are nearly identical in appearance and function as your natural teeth. They are the best replacement option when restoring a missing tooth as they are the closest alternative to your natural teeth.

Natural appearance

A dental implant can look identically to a natural tooth. You can match the size, shape, and color of the other teeth, making the implant crown blend in. Since the implant crown is connected to the implant below the gumline, it will also appear to sit on the gum tissue, just like the other teeth.

Restore chewing function

Restoring chewing function is one of the main benefits of placing an implant. All of our teeth have unique functions when eating, so missing one or more teeth impairs the overall function. A dental implant will restore chewing back to its original state.

Improved speech

We use our teeth when speaking. If you are missing a tooth, especially an anterior tooth, it can have a significant impact on your speech. Restoring a missing tooth will prevent you from developing speech impairments.

Comfortable

Not only does an implant look like a natural tooth, but it feels like one tooth. Other replacement options, like bridges, partial, or dentures, can feel bulky and uncomfortable to wear. Once an implant is in place, you’ll forget it’s even there.

Easy care and maintenance

An implant is one of the easiest replacement options to care for. Simply brush and floss your implant and implant crown along with the rest of your teeth. Even though an implant can’t decay, it can get infected if not cleaned regularly. Your dentist will also examine the implant at each of your routine appointments.

Increase self-esteem

Dental implants can help increase self-confidence that may be lost if you have a gap caused by a missing tooth. This is especially true if you are missing an anterior (front) tooth or even a premolar. Premolars and all anterior teeth are easily seen when smiling, making a missing tooth much more noticeable.

Restoring the missing tooth with an implant that blends in with the adjacent teeth is a great way to restore a beautiful smile and increase confidence in social settings.

In addition, even missing just one tooth can have a significant impact on your ability to chew food and speak properly. Implants can restore the functionality of your teeth, thereby enhancing your overall quality of life.

FAQ

Are dental implants more durable than other teeth replacement options?

Yes, dental implants are the most durable tooth replacement option. First, they are fixed into the jawbone, which makes them more stable than other replacement options. Second, they do not require the manipulation of the other teeth, nor do they rely on the stability of adjacent teeth.

Do dental implants change the shape of your face?

Dental implants will not change the shape of your face. Generally speaking, the only way to do that is through orthognathic surgery or orthodontic treatment. However, missing teeth can eventually change the shape of your face since the bone will slowly deteriorate. Replacing a missing tooth - with an implant or other replacement option - will prevent your face from changing.

References

  1. Tobacco as a risk factor for survival of dental implants - PubMed
  2. Effects of osseointegrated implants on psychological and social well-being: a comparison with replacement removable prostheses - PubMed
  3. Longevity of teeth and implants - a systematic review - PubMed