Dental implants are one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. They are typically titanium posts that are placed into the jaw bone. The titanium posts act as a firm replacement of the tooth root, which is then topped by dental restorations such as dental crown and bridge.
This innovative technique provides a more natural and durable replacement of the missing tooth. Dental implants are ideally used in patients with single or multiple missing teeth. Additionally, the patient’s jaw must have good strength and height to accept the implant. (1) A dentist also evaluates the dental and medical history of the patient before deciding to go ahead with the implant placement.
Benefits of dental implant
Dental implants offer a wide range of benefits that other tooth replacements do not provide. Some of the significant advantages of placing dental implants include –
Prevention of bone loss
Often, loss of teeth can have a substantial impact on the reduction of bone height. This is because the tooth acts as a stimulator for the jaw bone to stay connected and maintain the height. Dental implants are the only type of tooth replacements in dentistry that supports jaw bone stimulation. (2)
As the titanium post is placed inside the jaw, the bone tries to grow and fuse with the post. Therefore, the placement of the implant effectively prevents bone loss in the jaw.
A natural-looking smile
The restorative replacement for implants come in a wide range of shape, size, and color that matches the patient’s adjacent teeth and facial profile. Your dentist will identify the characteristics of the tooth that best matches your needs and fits the gap perfectly. (3)
Restores the bite force
Since the titanium posts are firmly anchored into the jaw bone, it acts as the tooth root. Moreover, the titanium post functions in the same way as the tooth root and allows you to bite with more or less the same force you used with your natural tooth.
Other tooth replacements such as dental bridge, crown or dentures take support from the gums only. Therefore, they do not restore the bite force as compared to dental implants.
Restores the facial height
Teeth often support the facial structures and maintain the vertical height of the face. When a person loses teeth, the bone height begins to decrease, leading to the saggy appearance of the face. Often, people start looking much older than their actual age. (4)
Dental implants help to restore the height of the bone and maintain the vertical height of the face. Moreover, it provides similar support as natural teeth and prevents changes in the face shape.
Does not interfere with natural speech
Some therapeutic options, such as dentures, often interfere with the natural articulation of the patient. It takes a long time for the patient to get accustomed to speaking properly with the dental appliance. However, dental implants do not interfere with natural speech. They feel and function like natural teeth. Therefore, they enable you to speak and pronounce words correctly. (5)
Easy to maintain
You can take care of the implant by merely brushing and flossing it just like you do to clean the natural teeth. Maintenance of dental implants usually does not require any exclusive product such as cleaning cups, tablets, adhesive, or special flossers.
Supports adjacent teeth
Replacement of the missing tooth with dental implants supports the adjacent teeth. It prevents migration and misalignment of the teeth. Moreover, it provides a straight and natural-looking smile.
A permanent solution to the loss of teeth
As compared to other therapeutic options, dental implants do not require frequent repair or periodic replacement. Dental implants are designed to last lifelong in the mouth.