Are you self-conscious about your smile because you’re missing teeth? Have you lost teeth as a result of tooth decay or gum disease? Or maybe due to a sports injury or auto accident? Dental implants can restore your smile and your confidence no matter how you lost your missing teeth. Even adolescents that lose permanent teeth can 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 more traditional tooth replacement methods such as dentures and bridges. Here are four that AH Smiles in Arlington Heights, IL wants to make sure you’re aware of.
1. Dental Implants Function Like Natural Teeth
Dental implants are designed with cutting edge dental technology to look, feel, fit and function as if they were your own healthy, natural teeth. In fact, once the surgical site has healed you may even forget that you have an implant. Implants never need to be removed for cleaning. In fact, you will brush and floss them right along with your other teeth. With implants, you can maintain the natural shape of your face while restoring your smile.
2. Dental Implants Last A Lifetime
Dental implants are constructed of titanium or zirconium which means they’re made to last. If faithfully cared for, your dental implant can last many decades. The more established treatments for missing teeth such as dental bridges and dentures, may need to be replaced as often as every 5 to 10 years. Although dental implants may cost you more at the start, their longevity means it will not be necessary to replace them as often. This will save you money as well as time in the dentist’s chair.
3. Implants Are Secure In Your Mouth
Your dental implants will be secured in your jaw bone like a screw into a board meaning there will be no chance of them falling out when you talk, eat or laugh like dentures can. You may also find that your speech sounds more natural with dental implants than dentures. Dental implants will take the anxiety out of eating and speaking in public.
4. Implants Help Preserve and Protect Your Jawbone
Implants promote the growth of healthy bone tissue in your jaw. Allowing the spaces left by missing teeth to remain vacant can lead the erosion of bone tissue, which can cause your mouth to change shape and possibly affect the stability of your bite or other issues. Having dental implants placed as soon as possible after losing a tooth helps prevent bone loss at the site reduces the risk of bone regression and shifting teeth. Also, dental implants do not require the adjacent teeth to be stripped of enamel and crowned as must be done for bridges to be anchored.
Dental Implants in Arlington Heights, IL
If you have lost teeth for any reason and are interested in learning if dental implants can help restore your smile and confidence, AH Smiles of Arlington Heights, IL are ready to help. Please call us at (847) 230-9703 or schedule a consultation online today get started on your journey to a new smile!