From presidential candidates’ smile-frequency to Taylor Swift’s post-breakup grin, smiles get us talking. Is yours newsworthy? If you’re missing one or more teeth, it probably doesn’t feel that way — but dental implants in Houston renew your confidence and allow you to eat, speak, and smile with ease once again. They’re the best choice in tooth replacement, especially compared to, well, every other option. Let’s take a look at the differences between dental implants and dentures, and the top five reasons people choose implants.
#1: Dental Implants Improve Oral Health
Our bones need stimulation to thrive, and the natural tooth’s root provides that activity for the jawbone. But when the tooth has been lost, so has its supporting root — and the jawbone will start to degenerate even as teeth are replaced by dentures. You know the sunken look we associate with tooth loss, dentures, and old age? That’s caused by the shrinking jawbone. Fortunately, dental implants keep the bone structure healthy and whole by providing a prosthetic root for the tooth replacement that sits on top. That’s why we call them a comprehensive tooth replacement.
Ill-fitting dentures also cause oral sores and blisters as the slip and slide around in the mouth. Aside from causing real discomfort, these sore spots can also result in serious infection and have even been linked to oral cancer. But with dental implants, your tooth replacement fits just like it should from day one, and for years to come.
#2: Dental Implants Look Natural
Dental implants look, act, and feel just like your natural teeth. The crowns are also highly customizable, so when healthy natural teeth are still present in the gum line, they are indistinguishable from your dental implants. And because they function just like your natural teeth, there’s no time spent adjusting to the way your dentures feel in your mouth — with dental implants, you’ll be talking and eating just like you are used to in no time.
#3: Dental Implants Last a Lifetime
When properly maintained with good hygiene and care, your dental implants can last a lifetime. And because the jawbone stays healthy and whole with the stimulation provided by the implant, there is no need to worry about getting your denture relined or adjusted to keep with your mouth’s changing shape. Dental implants will fit just like they should for their lifetime.
In rare cases, the condition known as peri-implantitis can cause even initially successful dental implants to fail. Prevent peri-implantitis by keeping plaque buildup at bay. Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist as recommended continued smile health.
#4: Dental Implants Free You From Denture Adhesives
Denture adhesives are messy, bothersome, and, more often than not, they just don’t work. Fortunately, dental implants provide a stable solution. With implant dentistry, your teeth fit properly without the aid of creams or adhesives — just like natural teeth.
#5: Dental Implants Contribute To Overall Self-Confidence
Losing teeth can be a traumatic event, but a good tooth replacement helps to renew your confidence in your smile and live carefree one again. We know the influence a smile has on our psychology — and that’s why the team at Piney Point Dental Implant Center is dedicated to helping our patients regain their teeth after loss. Are you interested in improving your life with the best tooth replacement option currently available? If so, please contact our office to discuss dental implants today.