5 Reasons Why We Recommend Dental Implants

5 Reasons Why We Recommend Dental Implants

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you have plenty of company. The American College of Prosthodontists reports that some 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. However, just because missing a tooth is common, doesn’t mean you should simply accept it. 

At Loudoun Family and Cosmetic DentistryDr. Haidy Messih and Dr. Basma Armanious encourage patients to consider the options available to replace missing teeth. By doing so, you avoid the possibility of bite misalignment, tooth decay, gum disease, or even bone loss. 

Our top recommendation for tooth replacement is a dental implant and in this post, we discuss why we prefer implants in most instances. 

1. A sturdy, long-lasting option

A dental implant consists of different parts, but the main piece is a titanium post that is implanted into your jawbone. This post serves as an artificial tooth root, and it provides stability. The other main part of an implant is the crown, which is an artificial tooth that is mounted on top of the post. 

The two parts together give you a correct and comfortable bite and they blend in with your natural teeth. The implant fuses to your jawbone, which is one of the reasons implants are so durable. Implants are as strong as, or sometimes even stronger, than natural teeth. 

2. Regain your full function

Because the titanium post fuses to your jawbone, it becomes part of your mouth, similar to the way an artificial joint becomes part of your body when you have a joint replacement. Implants replace lost teeth in every sense, including functionality — they work at least as well as your natural teeth. 

When you have an implant, you can bite as hard as you can with natural teeth, which means you can eat your favorite foods. Equally importantly, implants can’t slip out of your mouth like dentures, so you can eat and speak without that worry. 

3. Better oral health

Missing teeth can be a cosmetic concern, but gaps where teeth once were also pose a risk to your overall oral health. 

Empty spaces in your mouth can allow your remaining teeth to shift and move, resulting in misalignment that can put stress on your teeth, increase wear, and eventually lead to decay. Empty spaces can also change the way your face looks. 

Your natural tooth root stimulates your jawbone each time you bite down, which brings blood flow and nutrients to the area, keeping your bones healthy. Without that root and the stimulation it provides, you may eventually experience bone loss. 

4. They look great

Although all dental restorations are custom-made to fit your mouth, implants provide an even higher level of custom restoration. Implants blend with your natural teeth perfectly, so you end up with function and beauty. 

Implants look so much like real teeth, no one will be able to tell the difference. Our dentists are experts in matching the size, shape, and color of your missing tooth or teeth, giving you a gorgeous smile. 

5. Comfort and convenience

Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth. This means they are comfortable and convenient. Once your implant is healed and your crown placed, you don’t need to do anything differently. Maintain a normal dental hygiene routine, and your implant should last for a lifetime. 

Unlike with dentures, you don’t need special solutions for cleaning them, you don’t have to do anything special to care for them at all. Brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly and that’s it! 

If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, schedule an appointment at Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today. 

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