How do dental implants stack up against natural teeth? When you suffer tooth loss, are implants an upgrade or a downgrade?
It’s normal to have questions like this, especially when you’re considering investing in this type of tooth restoration. You want to know what to expect as a result. The truth is, implants provide many benefits.
No Cavities — No Decay
Implants are extremely decay-resistant. This is when a man-made product outshines a natural one: Plaque can’t eat away at the enamel like it does a natural tooth. Dental implants are not completely impervious to decay, but for the most part, you never have to worry about cavities.
This news may be a relief to you, especially if you have a condition that contributes to bacteria and decay in your natural teeth.
They’re There for Life
Dental implants integrate with your jawbone and stay there forever. You don’t have to get refitted like you would with a bridge. The vast majority of implants are integrated successfully, and they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support. And once you heal from the procedure, you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want, and worry less.
Maintains Jawbone and Facial Structure
When you lose teeth, the surrounding jawbone gets resorbed back into the body. Jawbone loss can give your face a sunken, altered appearance. If this has already occurred, you can get a graft to restore the lost bone, then an implant to maintain facial structure. Or, get an implant right away and prevent bone resorption.
Implants keep the jawbone alive. Your jaw will stay healthy and intact.
Dental Implants Are Often the Best Restoration Option
It’s never ideal to lose your natural teeth. Nothing can completely replace a healthy set of clean, natural teeth, but implants are usually the best choice for restoration if tooth loss is inevitable. Also, if a tooth would be difficult to save, it might be better to spend the time and money on an implant as a replacement instead.
They look natural and your investment lasts for a lifetime. Dental implants aren’t necessarily better than natural teeth — they’re just different. But their worry-free advantages make them a positive type of different.
If you anticipate tooth loss or have already suffered decay or injuries and need a replacement, find out more about implants today. Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery can help you make an educated, professional decision on whether dental implants are right for you.