Have you lost teeth due to tooth decay or gum disease? Or maybe a sports injury or auto accident is to blame for your missing teeth? Dental implants can be a good option to replace teeth for adults of all ages, no matter how you lost your missing teeth. Adolescents can also benefit from implants, once facial growth and development has been completed — generally around age 16 for girls, and age 18 for boys.
4 Reasons to Get Dental Implants
Dental implants have many advantages over other tooth replacement alternatives such as dentures and bridges. Here are four that Dr. William Harper in Newport News VA wants to make you aware of.
1. Dental Implants Function Like Natural Teeth
Dental implants work, look and feel like they were your healthy, natural teeth. They’re so comfortable you won’t even be aware that they’re different from your natural teeth once the implant site is fully healed.. You’ll brush and floss along with the rest of your teeth with no need to remove them for cleaning like dentures. They also help you retain your natural face shape and smile by promoting healthy bone and gum tissue in jaw.
2. Dental Implants Last A Lifetime
Dental implants are made to last. Implants that are maintained properly can last many decades. Many other options such as dental bridges and dentures, need replacing as often as every 5 to 10 years. Although implants may cost more up front, you will not need to pay to replace them as often as other options. This means you’ll spend less money and less time in the dentist’s office overall.
3. Implants Are Secure In Your Mouth
Your dental implants will be embedded in your jaw bone, so you don’t have to worry about them slipping or clicking when you talk, eat or laugh as can happen with dentures. You may also feel that your speech is more natural with dental implants than with dentures. So with dental implants, you’ll be able to smile, talk, laugh and eat without a second thought.
4. Implants Help Preserve and Protect Your Jawbone
Implants promote healthy facial bone and healthy teeth. Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to deterioration of jawbone tissue. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that, by their very presence, stimulates new bone growth and prevents further bone loss. Having dental implants installed shortly after losing a tooth helps prevent bone loss at the site. Also, dental implants require that adjacent teeth be ground down for bridges to be anchored or partial dentures to be attached.
Dental Implants in Newport News, VA
If you have lost teeth for any reason and would like to learn more about if dental implants can help restore your teeth, Dr. Harper and his team in Newport News VA are ready to help. Please call us at 757.414.7227 or schedule a consultation online today!