Why Choose Dental Implants?

Why Dental Implants are the Best Choice for Replacing Missing Teeth

Thanks to modern technology, dental implants have revolutionized the way in which we replace missing teeth today. Consisting of three components, the post is the actual implant and is screwed into the jawbone, below the gum line, and the crown is the visible part. An abutment connects the implant to the crown. Multiple crowns and even full arches can be supported by two, four, or more implants. Because the benefits of dental implants are far-reaching, they have become the preferred teeth replacement method by both dentists and patients.

Implants function as natural teeth.

Implants are made of titanium, a bio-compatible metal that has the ability to fuse with bone and serve as a solid anchor for the new tooth, much like a natural tooth has roots. Dr. Pharr & Dr. Snober simply inserts the screw into your jawbone during a routine surgery, and over the next few months, the implant integrates with the bone, resulting in an implant that feels and functions as a natural tooth. In fact, your new tooth will be indistinguishable from your other teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants do no slip or shift, and perhaps most importantly, they allow you to eat, speak and smile with full confidence.

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Implants may last a lifetime.

Because implants have the capability of fusing with bone, an enduring stability results which makes them unique among teeth replacement options. This crucial benefit also means that implants are long-lasting. Unlike bridges, implants require no adjacent teeth for support, and while no one can guarantee that implants last forever, with adequate care, they have the potential to last a lifetime.

Implants protect adjacent teeth.

Most teeth replacement alternatives, such as bridges (as mentioned above), depend on their neighbors for support. Partial dentures can even weaken adjacent teeth by causing pressure and by making them more vulnerable to decay and bone loss. Dental implants provide safety to the teeth nearby by helping them carry the load and by aiding in the survival of the patients’ pearly whites.

Implants prevent bone loss.

Did you know that the moment you lose a tooth, your jawbone begins to deteriorate? This is because living tissue, such as bone, requires constant stimulation to rebuild itself and stay healthy. The much-needed stimulation for your jaw comes from your teeth. If your jaw is left untreated after losing a tooth, the jaw will begin to lose mass which will make placing an implant difficult down the road. If you were to lose many teeth, your face would begin to have a prematurely aged appearance, and your jaw may be susceptible to fractures. Implants promote jaw health by halting the process of bone mass deterioration, and this is an advantage provided by implants alone.

Implants require no extra care.

You are to care for implants in the same way you care for your natural teeth—brushing twice and flossing once daily and staying up to date on checkups and professional cleanings. Dentures may require special creams, adhesives or overnight soaking, but good oral hygiene and regular office visits is all that is required for optimal implant health.

Without question, implants have become, and will continue to be, the “gold standard” among teeth replacement options.  Not only are they the safest, most durable, and simplest choice, but they are the most natural, both functionally and aesthetically.

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