If you’re considering dental implants, you’ve probably thought about some of the other tooth replacements out there, mainly dentures and bridges. Both of these have some advantages, like pricing for dentures and speed of placement for bridges.
However, both have significant drawbacks that can both impact your quality of life and end up costing more in the long run. When it comes to truly restoring your smile, nothing comes close to dental implants. Implants will not only bring back your grin, but also play a major role in keeping your whole mouth healthy.
Are you interested in learning more about dental implants and if they may be a good match for you? If so, come see the team at Mark Kramer, DDS in Tustin, California. Dr. Kramer is a renowned implantologist and fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology who can truly transform your smile. In this blog, Dr. Kramer discusses implant basics and four of the biggest benefits of implants.
What are implants?
Dental implants are the closest thing to a true replacement tooth. To insert an implant, Dr. Kramer will drill a small hole into your jaw bone where a tooth would be. He will then place the implant, which is made out of materials your body won’t reject as a foerign object, into this hole.
As you heal from the procedure, your jaw bone actually fuses with the implant, a process called osseointegration. This process is key because it gives the implant stability while strengthening the jaw bone. Once osseointegration is complete and you’re fully healed, Dr. Kramer will place the replacement tooth on top of the implant, give you a tooth that looks natural and will last for years.
Benefit 1: success rate
You don’t want to be taking a risk when it comes to placing an implant into your jawbone. Luckily, that probably won’t be a problem. Implants overall have a 90-95% success rate, and Dr. Kramer does even better. Our practice is proud to boast a 99% success rate in implant and restoration procedures with a lifetime guarantee of effectiveness.
Benefit 2: improved appearance and self esteem
Dentures don’t provide the structure of real teeth, letting a wearer’s cheeks sag and making them look older. Bridges don’t have this issue, but start to look worn after a couple of years. Implants, on the other hand, maintain their realistic look for years longer than alternatives. This will substantially boost your self esteem. You can smile and know that it looks good.
Benefit 3: improved eating and speaking
Most people would assume that a few missing teeth might affect your ability to chew and eat. They may underestimate, however, how much harder it is to speak when missing teeth. Implants solve both of these issues. They feel like natural teeth and don’t slip, empowering you to speak clearly. And since they’re fused into your jawbone, they have the same strength as natural teeth. You can chew steak and break raw carrots just like anyone else.
Benefit 4: improved oral health
Your teeth and jawbone depend on each other for stability and overall health. Teeth support each other in the mouth, and the roots of the teeth keep the jawbone healthy. When you lose a tooth, the section of the jawbone where it once was deteriorates. Implants spur bone growth in the jaw, helping the bone heal. At the same time, an implant fills the space once filled by a tooth, keeping other teeth in place and lending overall strength to your mouth. As an added bonus, implants allow for easy access between teeth and improve dental hygiene.
To learn more about dental implants and if you’re a good candidate, book an appointment online or over the phone with Mark Kramer, DDS today.