Dental implants are considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth; thanks to their titanium posts that are embedded directly into the jawbone, patients can experience a fully restored smile in terms of look, feel, and functionality. That said, a complete smile isn’t the only advantage you’ll have access to when you receive implants—you’ll also experience a profound boost in confidence! Here are four ways this unique restoration can revitalize your smile and your self-esteem.
1. Your New Smile Is Here to Stay
Dental implants are designed with the future in mind; they have an impressive success rate of over 95%, even after 20 years! This is in part thanks to the materials used to construct them; a biocompatible post, often made from titanium, is surgically implanted into your jawbone, and a high-quality dental restoration is attached to the top to serve as your new “tooth”. Knowing that your solution is built to last with some of the best available materials will have you confidently smiling for the foreseeable future.
2. They Keep You Looking & Feeling Younger
Having missing teeth can make you appear much older than you are; as you lose teeth, your jawbone can actually begin to shrink and deteriorate, leading to facial collapse, sunken cheekbones, wrinkled lips, and other features that might noticeably age you. However, dental implants can directly counter this, since they fill out those empty sockets and provide your jaw with a healthy level of stimulation, encouraging it to remain fortified. No other tooth-replacement solution can offer this—and better yet, since there’s no upper age limit for dental implants, everyone has access to this unique, age-reversing benefit!
3. Eating Is Made Easier
Your natural teeth are by far the best tools at your disposal for eating—but since dental implants are incredibly close in structure and resemblance to your teeth, they can easily help you enjoy all of your favorite foods. In fact, dental implants can actually restore up to 80% of your original chewing power, meaning that you can confidently bite and chew anything that your natural pearly whites would be able to handle.
4. They Require No Specialized Maintenance
Maintaining good oral hygiene is a pretty important commitment to make, especially if you have dental implants—despite them replacing your natural teeth, they are still susceptible to certain problems that might cause them to loosen and fail prematurely. That said, taking care of your dental implants is relatively simple and they require absolutely no specialized maintenance, unlike other tooth replacement options such as traditional dentures. In addition to brushing, flossing, and rinsing daily, you also need to regularly visit your dentist for routine checkups, but by doing so, you’ll be rewarded with a great-looking smile that functions as intended and without issue!
About the Author
Dr. Monil Mehta received his dental doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and has proudly served patients and families in the Chanhassen, MN community for several years. His practice is thrilled to offer a wide range of restorative services including dental implants. If you have any questions about dental implants or would like to arrange a consultation for you or a loved one, you can contact Dr. Mehta through his practice’s website or over the phone for assistance: (952) 906-0200.