Unfortunately, accidents happen. Automobile crashes, falls, trips, and sports collisions are simply a part of life, and when they happen, chipped or damaged teeth may result. Because no one wants to walk around with a missing tooth, a dentist's visit is no doubt in the victim's future and from there, they will be referred to a periodontist— someone who will almost always recommend dental implants to restore the natural look of the teeth. Although dental procedures are never fun, implants can return your smile to its formal glory and come with a host of other benefits.
1. Prevent Bone Loss
While dentists are familiar with this concept, the larger public is widely unaware that bone is a living tissue, and when teeth are lost, surrounding bone in the jaw may die or deteriorate as well. A weakened jawbone can even leave you vulnerable to fractures or premature aging, and the only solution is simulating the presence of a tooth. To accomplish this task, dental implants will actually fuse the jawbone and ensure it can rebuild and remain healthy.
Because dental implants are permanently attached to your jawbone, they are designed to last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. This eliminates the need for routine dental visits— a much needed time saver!
3. Low Maintenance
Another benefit of dental implants is their ability to emulate natural teeth and require minimal upkeep. Besides daily brushing and flossing, which you should be doing daily anyways, no additional maintenance is necessary. This makes them far superior to dentures that require daily creams, disinfectants, and soaking.
The material is also synthetic and immune to decay or diseases, meaning root canals or cavity fillings are never in your future for that specific tooth. While gum disease could occur around the tooth, twice daily brushing and professional cleaning should eliminate this possibility.
4. No Effect on Surrounding Teeth
Some teeth loss solutions, like bridges, can actually weaken adjacent teeth because they compromise the jawbone or gums. With dental implants though, this stress is eliminated because it does not rely on surrounding teeth for support and becomes a permanent fixture in the mouth.
Yes, losing a tooth is never fun, but in comparison to other alternatives, dental implants are one of the easiest solutions at the periodontist's office. Low upkeep, life-long benefits, and a healthy smile are a few of many benefits they can offer. For more information, contact an experienced periodontist like Dr Edmond Lobaza.