Benefits of Dental Implants
Eating Becomes Easier
Missing teeth, even a single one, can have a significant impact on your ability to eat properly. Your teeth are important not just for biting and chewing, but for initiating the digestive process. Without all of your teeth, you cannot properly break food down, which makes it more difficult for the rest of your body to digest and absorb the nutrients. Additionally, missing teeth provide excellent hiding places for food to get stuck, and then foster bacterial growth.
With dental implants, you are provided with strong, reliable set of false teeth that are just like your natural teeth. This restores your chewing ability, allowing you to fully break down your food again. They also fill in the gaps left behind, so food can no longer get stuck in the empty spaces.
Believe it or not, your teeth are an essential tool for speech. They control air flow as well as allow you to form certain sounds. Missing teeth can result in a lisp, and make it difficult for others to understand you. Traditional dentures can help, but because of their base, you need to get used to a foreign object in your mouth and learn how to speak with it there. Implants, on the other hand, don’t impede your speech. Once in place, your speech returns to normal.
A chief complaint about traditional dentures is that they are not comfortable. They shift around while you eat or speak. In doing so, they can rub against your gums, leading to painful sores. What’s more is that your gums are the ones supporting the dentures, so they are placed under significant stress every day.
Implants, on the other hand, provide you with much more comfort. Your false teeth are secured to, and supported by, the titanium rods. There is no slipping, rubbing or unnecessary pressure on your gums.
Dental Implants Are Permanent
Traditional dentures are designed to be removable and should be removed nightly for cleaning, as well as to allow your gums a chance to rest. Cleaning them every night can be a tedious task. With implants, however, they are affixed permanently in place. You do not need to remove them nightly for cleaning. Also, because of the material, ceramic, implants can be brushed just like your natural teeth, and don’t require much special maintenance outside of avoiding exceptionally hard food or objects.
Maintaining the Integrity of Your Jawbone
The roots of your teeth stimulate your jawbone while you chew, which sends a message to your body to send nutrients that keep it healthy and strong. When you lose your teeth, this stimulation stops, and nutrients stop coming. Over time, your jawbone weakens and changes shape. While dentures replace your teeth, they do not stimulate the jawbone, so it continues to weaken. In some instances, dentures can speed up this process. Implants, however, are set into the jawbone and mimic the roots of your natural teeth. The bone is stimulated while you chew, helping to maintain the integrity of your jaw.
Dental implants are quickly becoming the top choice for replacing missing teeth, beating out all other traditional options. For more information on dental implants, or to learn if you are a candidate, contact Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona today.
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