Learn About the Benefits of Dental Implants for Tooth Loss
For over 50 years, dental implants have provided patients with an effective, natural-looking solution to tooth loss. Compared to alternatives such as removable dentures and bridges, dental implants offer a number of health and cosmetic benefits.
Dental Implants: A Closer Look
Dental implants are used to support dental prosthetics—crowns, bridges, or even a full set of dentures—that are custom-crafted to look and feel exactly like your natural teeth. While shifting dentures can make everyday activities such as speaking and eating uncomfortable, the reliability and stability of dental implants will allow you to speak with clarity and smile with confidence.
Dental implants will also ensure that you can continue eating the foods that you love. While the loss of teeth—or shifting dentures—can impair your chewing ability, dental implants are designed for durability. Once fused into the jawbone, dental implants act as stable roots for your replacement teeth. While some dentures diminish a patient’s sense of taste, implants won’t have any effect on your palate, as the prosthetics are properly secured.
The prosthetics that are supported by dental implants can be cared for just like your natural teeth. And because the implantation procedure doesn't require grinding down the surrounding healthy teeth, as traditional fixed bridges would, more of your natural teeth remain untouched.
A Dental Implant Benefits Oral Health
If missing teeth are not replaced, the remaining teeth can shift out of their optimal positions, affecting the bite and possibly leading to further tooth loss. The structures that once supported the missing tooth, such as the gum and the underlying jawbone, will also begin to degrade from disuse. Dental implants provide the most effective way to replace a missing tooth and maintain the integrity of the supporting tissue.
The prosthetics that are supported by dental implants can be cared for just like your natural teeth. And because the implantation procedure doesn’t require grinding down the surrounding healthy teeth, as traditional fixed bridges would, more of your natural teeth remain untouched.
Dental Implants Are Durable
Dental implants are designed to be long-term solutions to missing teeth. With proper care, implants can even last for decades. Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported restorations offer freedom from messy adhesive pastes and cleaning solutions.
Learn More about Dental Implant Benefits
If you would like to find out whether dental implants are right for you, we would be happy to discuss dental implant benefits with you in person—contact the Edmonton, Alberta office of Dr. Podilsky today!