Benefits of Dental Implants
Benefits of Dental Implants
Have your teeth have become decayed, or damaged to the extent that the only reasonable solution is extraction? Unfortunately, sometimes it happens, and when it does, extraction is only the first thing you have to worry about. You also have to consider what is going to happen to your remaining teeth (if any) and to the underlying structure of your jawbone, not to mention the effects that missing teeth have on your smile.
Missing teeth should never be ignored. Granted, the discomfort of decayed or damaged teeth is no longer a concern, but the spaces left by missing teeth can cause the bone in your jaw to deteriorate. This can also result in your remaining teeth trying to move toward the empty spaces, and you could end up with a bad bite.
Dental implants are the very best way to replace missing teeth. One of the most significant benefits of dental implants is that they do not cause bone loss in your jaw – in fact, they encourage bone growth. Also, since dental implants are permanently fixed in your jaw, you will find that they feel and work exactly the same way as natural teeth.
Implants need no special care – all you have to do is take care of them the same way you would your own teeth, with regular brushing and flossing, professional cleanings and checkups. You will never have to worry about taking them out and soaking them, or using special tablets to clean them. And of course one of the primary benefits of dental implants is that you will also not have to worry about the possibility of dropping and breaking them.
So, what are dental implants? They are screws or posts made from titanium that your implant dentist places in your jaw. Those posts replace the root and anchor a crown, which replaces the tooth itself. Because your implants are permanent, they prevent the sagging appearance in your face that can accompany tooth loss, and that will never be corrected with dentures.
If you want to fully enjoy the benefits of dental implants, you have to take care of them. They can be a genuinely permanent solution to missing teeth, but keep in mind that if you do not continue with your usual regimen of oral hygiene, you could develop gum disease. If this happens, your implants could loosen and ultimately fail. Also, avoid grinding your teeth or biting down hard – this can damage your implants in the same way that it could damage your natural teeth.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of dental implants, contact L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts. Our office is conveniently located at 490 L’Enfant Plaza SW #8210, Washington, DC 20024. You can arrange an appointment by calling 202-488-8300, or by using the form on our Contact Us page.