Dental implants have become the gold standard replacement for missing teeth. Even so, it’s not something most people think about until they lose teeth due to oral health problems or trauma.
Below are answers to many of the questions our patients at Santa Clarita Valley Dental Care may have.
Do People Choose Dental Implants Over Dentures Mostly for Cosmetic Reasons?
To be sure, some patients may be swayed by how attractive and natural-looking implants can be. However, there are a great many other reasons to opt for implants. We’ll go into more detail below.
How do implants stack up against dentures and bridgework in terms of convenience and comfort?
Very well indeed. Since they replicate all of the functions of real teeth, most patients find them far more convenient and comfortable than standard oral prosthetics such as dentures and bridgework. There is no need to worry about slippage and, obviously, they never need to be removed for cleaning.
Are Dental Implants Better for Long-Term Oral Health?
Yes, and the difference can be dramatic.
Many laypeople might not know that losing teeth can cause bone loss in the jaw. This is as bad as it sounds and can lead to a host of problems including advanced gum disease, aka periodontitis. The severe but all too common condition may increase the risk of heart disease and strokes, as well as the loss of additional teeth leading to more severe gum disease in an ongoing vicious circle. While advanced gum treatment can help a lot, it’s best to address the root causes. Bone loss can also lead to a sunken facial appearance.
While traditional dentures and bridgework are vastly better than no replacement at all for oral and overall health, they do nothing to address bone loss. Dental implants, on the other hand, mimic natural teeth and stimulate the jaw bone, fostering the creation of new bone tissue. Thus, the threat of osteoporosis in the jaw is greatly reduced and the vital structure that holds tissue and gums is maintained.
How are Dental Implants Cared For?
Dental implants with permanent prosthetic crowns only require the same care that you should already be showing to your natural teeth. Twice daily brushing and flossing after meals should be sufficient in most cases. However, the temporary crowns employed earlier in the process are more fragile, Patients will temporarily need to avoid nuts and other hard foods or risk breaking the crowns. Once patients receive their final crowns, on the other hand, they will be able to eat all kinds of foods.
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