For the last several years, dental implants have risen to become one of the top tooth replacement options in the world. They are often viewed as the most desirable treatment option available today, and for good reason. They are incredibly long-lasting, they are easy to care for and you do not have to worry about dietary restrictions when they are in place. But there are other, lesser-known reasons dental implants are the ultimate option to replace missing teeth.
When you have one or more missing teeth, the jaw no longer receives the message that it needs to keep that bone dense and strong to support the load of the teeth in that area. If you have multiple missing teeth, it could eventually result in significant bone loss in the jaw. When this occurs, it often leaves the face and smile looking very altered. Implants halt this bone loss so you stay looking like you without fear of further damage.
Dental implants are fused to the jaw in a process known as osseointegration. This bond is so strong that the body shows little difference in the way it treats implants compared to regular teeth. This means that you do not have to worry about your implants slipping or coming out of place when you eat, talk, yawn, smile, sneeze, cough or kiss. They are so strong and discreet, no one but you may even know you have implants.
An oral surgeon may be the first to tell you that dental implants are one of the best ways for you to maximize your chances of keeping your healthy teeth strong and healthy. In other tooth replacement options, orthodontic devices use the support of healthy teeth to help affix them in place and to support the load they must carry. This can lead the healthy teeth to become worn and damaged over time. Because dental implants go straight into the jaw, they do not require any assistance from healthy teeth.
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