One of the top benefits of implants is that they replace the whole root structure of a missing tooth. The majority of restorative options, such as crowns and bridges, simply replace the visible parts. This means they are not fixed firmly into the jawbone. As for dentures, these are known for slipping out of the mouth at inopportune times, like while eating or talking. This can lead to embarrassing situations. Implants on the other hand, do not have any of these types of problems.
When you get the implants, they’ll essentially become part of your body and will not slip out. They’ll feel and look like natural teeth, indistinguishable from all of the surrounding teeth. What’s more, your dental professional will not have to alter the surrounding teeth to attach them, as is frequently the case with bridges. Implants are an excellent restorative solution for those missing some or all their teeth — much better than the majority of other restoration options.
Implants also are much more comfortable than other restoration solutions. Special maintenance, like flossing under the dental implants or utilizing special solutions is not required. Normal hygiene, as with natural teeth, is still required. So plan to continue to regularly floss and brush. You also should continue to see the dentist for cleanings.
Implants, however, can be expensive, which makes them inaccessible to some people. They also require implant surgery, and the whole process takes multiple months. It is also important to note that it is only possible to get an implant if you have enough jawbone to support the dental implant. If you have waited too long after the loss of a tooth, you might not have enough jawbone, in which case you may require bone grafting treatments for regeneration before you get implants. The dentist will assess your jaws and teeth to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Are implants a permanent option for tooth loss?
Absolutely! Implants are a permanent option for tooth loss. When you get implants, they’ll bond to the jawbone structure and do not come out.
To learn more on our dental implant offerings, contact Phelps Family Dentistry in Wilmington, NC today at (910) 762-3481.