Are you tired of feeling embarrassed when you sit down to enjoy a meal with your family? Do your grandkids playfully tease you when you take out your “teeth?” Many seniors become discouraged by ill-fitting dentures or other uncomfortable dental prosthetics, especially as they age. Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for a smile that doesn’t function, or feel, like it should. Dental implants have become incredibly popular in recent years, because of how closely they mimic natural teeth, providing patients with confidence-inducing smiles, instead of sources of frustration or embarrassment.
The Unique Benefits of Dental Implants
- Dental implants are considered the most permanent form of dental prosthetic because the titanium post specific to implants is designed to last for life. While a replacement tooth or dentures connected to a post may at some point need to be replaced, the update will be minimally invasive and less expensive than the initial dental implant, since the post should already form a stable base for it.
- Another benefit unique to dental implants is that they are the only prosthetic that can help a patient maintain his or her existing jaw structure. This is possible because the post so closely mimics a natural tooth root that it is able to supply the jaw with much-needed nutrients each time a person chews. This preserves the remaining teeth’s alignment, as well as the overall jaw structure.
- For this reason, if you have already lost many teeth, it is wise to consider the benefits of a dental implant. Unsupported dentures may provide a more affordable and quicker fix, initially, but because they will not preserve your jaw they may become uncomfortable over time. You may also become unhappy with the overall appearance of your smile, as your jaw begins to shrink. Dentures can also shift as you chew, especially if unsupported by a dental bridge or dental implant, which may make getting adequate nutrition difficult.
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