Dental Implant Benefits

Dental Implant Benefits

Dental Implants Littleton Aurora CO

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you have a variety of options for tooth replacement. One option is a full or partial denture. Another is a fixed or removable bridge. The final option is to get dental implants. Implants can be used for replacing any number of missing teeth, from a single tooth to a full arch.

For both patients and dentists, dental implants are the treatment of choice for those who are missing teeth. Implants have a variety of advantages over other tooth replacement options, which is why most people prefer them. 

What are the advantages of dental implants? Why do both patients and dentists prefer them for replacing missing teeth? There are a number of benefits to choosing dental implants.

1. Implants help to maintain bone tissue

Although many people think of bones as being solid and unchanging, the truth is that living bone tissue is very dynamic. Bone tissue is constantly being created and reabsorbed by the body. The stimulus for creating bone tissue is force being placed on the bone. This lets the body know that a bone is being used, so it will deposit more tissue in order to strengthen that bone. For bone tissue around the teeth, this force is transmitted through the tooth roots into the bone during biting and chewing.

When a tooth is lost, there is no longer force being transmitted into the bone around the missing tooth. Gradually, the body will reabsorb bone tissue from that area. This loss of bone can affect the adjacent teeth, causing them to “fall” towards the empty tooth socket. When many teeth are missing, the loss of bone tissue in the jaw can even affect the whole face, leading to a sunken and aged appearance.

Dentures and dental bridges don’t extend into the bone, but rather sit on top of the gum tissue. Because of this, they aren’t able to help maintain the bone tissue. However, a dental implant is implanted into the bone, where it acts like an artificial tooth root. It is able to transmit the forces of chewing into the bone around it, providing the necessary stimulus for maintaining the bone tissue.

2. Implants are extremely secure

Once it’s integrated into the jaw bone, a dental implant is just as secure as a natural tooth. This allows patients to eat whatever they like without worrying. With dentures, patients need to be careful about eating sticky, crunchy, or hard foods. These can cause dentures to slip out of place, and can even break them. With a dental implant, there’s no need to worry about eating these foods.

Patients sometimes also find their dentures slipping while doing normal activities like speaking, walking, or dancing. This can be a source of anxiety for many denture wearers. With dental implants, there’s no need to worry about your dentures slipping embarrassingly out of place.

3. The fit of implants will not change over time

With other tooth replacement options, the loss of bone tissue in the area affects the fit of the replacement over time. For example, dentures will almost always have to be refitted at least once, and sometimes multiple different times over the years following tooth loss. As bone tissue is lost, the jaw bone changes shape, and the dentures no longer fit well. This creates discomfort, and it also makes the dentures very prone to slippage, since dentures stay secure through fitting closely onto the gums.

With dental implants, there’s no need to worry about refitting. Because it’s implanted into the jaw, a dental implant will always fit. This avoids the expense and hassle of needing to get new dentures every few years.

4. Improved aesthetics

For many patients, the loss of one or more teeth affects their confidence in their smile. Unfortunately, many people find themselves hiding their teeth because of this, and may even avoid smiling or laughing in public. Dentures or bridges tend to look less natural, and so they may not solve this problem. 

Dental implants are by far the most natural looking tooth replacement option. Many patients have commented that having a dental implant is like having their natural tooth back. Because they don’t need to worry about what their smile looks like, they’re able to smile and laugh freely again. This can have a significant impact on a person’s self-esteem and quality of life.

Dental Implants Littleton Aurora CO

If you’re interested in taking advantage of the many benefits of dental implants, then we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our expert dentists. Getting the most benefit out of dental implants starts with choosing an expert for your implant placement procedure, since the techniques used during placement can have a significant impact on the success of the implant over its lifetime. All of our dentists , including Dr. Kenneth J. Versman, Dr. Douglas A. Heller, Dr. Eric M. Beckman, and Dr. Daniel Thousand, have specialized training in the placement of dental implants, and have consistently been chosen as top dentists for many years in a row.

When you come for your consultation, you’ll have a chance to learn more about dental implants and what it’s like to have them placed. We’ll also be happy to discuss your other tooth replacement options with you if you’d like. You will then be able to make an informed decision about whether dental implants are right for you. To schedule your appointment, please contact our friendly front desk staff. You can call our Aurora office at 303-755-4500 Aurora or our Littleton office at 303-795- 5700.