If you’re considering dental implants in Richland or Kennewick, you may not be sure if this method of restorative dentistry is right for you. So in this blog from Midtown Dental Clinic, we’ll discuss a few of the unique benefits of this method of tooth restoration, and help you find out if it’s right for you. Read on to learn everything you need to know.
One of the best things about dental implants is that they look and feel completely natural, especially compared to other methods of tooth restoration like dental crowns and partial dentures. They are not bulky, and they will match your surrounding teeth perfectly. Your smile will look natural to others, and will feel totally natural when you chew, bite, and speak.
Single-tooth dental implants require no specialized care at all. You can simply continue brushing and flossing normally, though you should see your doctor at Midtown Dental Clinic every six months for a checkup.
Other types of dental implants like implant-supported bridges or full-arch implants require a bit more care, but are still easy to clean and maintain to ensure a long lifespan and natural appearance.
You can expect dental implants to last at least 30 years if you take good care of your mouth and avoid smoking. In fact, many patients will be able to keep their implants for the rest of their lives.
In contrast, some other alternatives like partial dentures and dental bridges may only last 5-15 years. This makes dental implants a great long-term investment.
Unlike alternatives like dental bridges and partial dentures, dental implants stop bone resorption after tooth loss.
Bone resorption happens after you lose a tooth because the root of the tooth is no longer stimulating the jaw bone when you bite, smile, and chew. In turn, this causes the bone to weaken.
Since dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw bone, they transmit pressure into the bone just like a natural tooth would. This stimulates the jaw and prevents bone loss, which can weaken your jaw and even change your appearance.
Once you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth will tend to shift position in order to fill up the gap where your tooth used to be, which can cause problems with the alignment of your teeth and your bite.
Dental implants, like partial dentures and dental bridges, will prevent adjacent teeth from shifting toward the area where your missing tooth used to be, eliminating the risk of this common post-tooth loss complication.
If the benefits of dental implants sound good to you, the best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for treatment is to consult with the doctors at Midtown Dental Clinic. Contact our Kennewick office or contact our Richland office to schedule your consultation, and see if dental implants are a good choice for restoring your smile.