Dental implants have become increasingly popular with people looking for a long-lasting way to restore lost teeth. The West Roxbury, MA, dentists at H.F. Wehbe, DDS, DMD, Family Dental Care share a few benefits you'll want to consider if you're contemplating replacing missing teeth with implants.
A more comfortable restoration option
Comfort is an important consideration when you're thinking about replacing missing teeth. If your replacement teeth slide or your gums hurt when you eat, it's hard to enjoy meals. Unlike bridges and dentures, restoration options that only replace teeth above the gum line, dental implants restore your entire tooth.
Your new implant serves as a synthetic replacement root. It's placed in your jaw during a minor surgical procedure in our West Roxbury office and soon begins to osseointegrate, or bond, to your jawbone. Osseointegration ensures that your new root is securely anchored to your jaw and can support the crown that will be attached to it.
When you chew or bite with a dental implant, your new tooth won't shift or slide. In fact, eating will be just as comfortable as it was before you lost your tooth.
Implants require no changes to nearby teeth
Bridges offer an effective way to replace one or missing teeth, but the restorations require modifications to the teeth that will support the bridge. Bridges consist of artificial teeth attached to hollow crowns on either side. In order to ensure a proper fit, the teeth that support the bridge must be reduced in size. No changes to other teeth are needed when you choose dental implants.
Dental implants last much longer than bridges or dentures
Bridges and dentures generally need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, which can be expensive. Because your implant becomes a permanent part of your jawbone, it will never need to be replaced, in most cases. You will need to replace your crown periodically, but crown replacement costs are much less than bridge or denture replacement costs.
Implant-supported dentures don't decrease biting power
A dramatic decrease in biting power is one of the biggest drawbacks when you wear removable full dentures. After you receive your dentures, you probably won't be able to bite hard or tough foods, which can affect your diet and your enjoyment of foods. Thanks to implant-supported dentures, you don't have face significant changes in your biting power just because you've lost your teeth.
Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants! Call the West Roxbury, MA, dentists, at H.F. Wehbe, DDS, DMD, Family Dental Care, at (617) 323-5000 to schedule an appointment.
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