• Why Dental Implants Are Your Best Option

    Ten Reasons Dental Implants Are The Best Option

    If you have a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, dental implants are now the go-to choice for patients looking for teeth to last a lifetime.

    Although they aren’t the only option, implants have unmatched benefits in the long and short term. Before exploring the benefits, let’s look at what dental implants are.

    What Are Dental Implants?

    A dental implant is a small titanium, zirconium or ceramic screw that’s inserted into the jaw, replacing the root of the missing tooth. The surrounding bone slowly fuses to the implant, serving to hold it securely in place. This implant (also known as an abutment) provides the structure to which a false tooth (a crown or implant-supported bridge) can be fitted.

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    1. Dental implants look like natural teeth
      This is number one on the list for a reason. Once treatment is completed, the result looks completely natural and will be visually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Ceramic implants are ivory-coloured, like a natural tooth root, providing an aesthetically pleasing alternative to metal implants.
    2. They feel like natural teeth
      Because dental implants function exactly as a natural tooth would, you can forget about them. Caring for implant teeth is no different than caring for your natural teeth. You must brush and floss them daily, but you won’t have to apply special creams and adhesives, or soak them in a glass overnight, as you would with dentures. They’ll also never need a filling or a root canal, as the natural teeth supporting bridgework might. When you run your tongue over your new implants they’ll feel just like the real thing!
    3. Implants are extremely durable and with good care will last a lifetime
      Dental implants have a 98% success rate and the manner in which they work, becoming part of your jawbone, gives them unrivalled durability. If you maintain good dental hygiene and keep to regular dental check-ups following this treatment, there’s a good chance the implant will last a lifetime.
    4. When measured as a lifetime treatment, implants are cost effective
      A common concern is that dental implants cost more than other options and, in terms of the initial cost, this is often true. But it’s not the full picture. A dental implant is likely to last a lifetime so the cost per year can be lower than alternative treatments that may need replacing or correcting in later years.
    5. Your quality of life won’t be affected (it may even be improved!)
      As your Reading dentist we recommend maintaining a healthy diet and limiting sugar, but whatever you choose to eat, your dental implant will not hinder you. Implant teeth allow you to eat, speak and smile with complete confidence because they’ll never slip or shift like removable options often do.
    6. Dental Implants can prevent bone loss
      Tooth loss inevitably leads to bone loss if the tooth is not replaced. Unlike other replacement options, dental implants can help stimulate the bone to rebuild itself and stay healthy by fusing to the jawbone and stabilizing it. You may wonder why this prevention of bone loss matters. It helps to keep the jaw and gums strong, reducing the likelihood of fractures and other oral health problems developing and affecting the rest of the mouth.
    7. They don’t compromise the health of other teeth
      Dental implants have no effect on the health of adjacent natural teeth; other tooth-replacement options, however, can weaken adjacent teeth and leave them more susceptible to decay.
    8. Dental implants can replace any number of teeth
      If two or more teeth are missing, the gaps need to be closed as quickly as possible to avoid mispositioning of the teeth and jawbone. Implant-supported bridges and partial dentures supported by dental implants offer more stability than conventional dentures. At Puresmile Reading Dental & Implants in Berkshire we offer multiple dental implants and full mouth reconstructions.
    9. They enhance self-esteem
      A missing tooth can lead to lowered self-esteem and some teeth restoration treatments such as a bridge or dentures do not always fully rectify this issue. A dental implant is different. The result is a tooth that looks and feels completely natural and so creates a natural-looking smile which restores your smile and boosts self-esteem. Bone loss can also alter the facial structure over time, creating a sunken and prematurely aged appearance.
    10. The process is tried and tested
      At Puresmile Reading Dental & Implants, we’ve successfully fitted over 20,000 dental implants. This is a popular, common procedure that is proven to deliver lasting, long-term results, boosting oral health and addressing the aesthetic issues of a missing tooth or teeth.

    The Alternatives To Implants

    There are three main alternatives to dental implants with brief details below.

    Partial Denture

    A partial denture consists of a removable acrylic plate or metal frame holding one or more artificial teeth. Although a cheap option, this has the lowest rate of long-term success – lasting five years in just 40% of cases. Partial dentures are removable and so offer a very different experience to implants, which function as a natural tooth would.

    Resin-bonded Bridge

    This treatment option fixes an artificial tooth to the adjacent teeth by metal “wings”. The success rate is high, with the bridge lasting at least five years in 88% of cases, though the average lifespan is not hugely beyond this at seven years, 10 months. One drawback is that in some cases it’s possible to see the metal that holds the artificial tooth in place through the teeth.

    Conventional Bridge

    A conventional bridge is a fixed artificial tooth that is held in place by cutting the adjacent teeth to allow it fit into place. This option has a high success rate and is a longer-term solution than the previously mentioned treatments, though one potential issue to consider is that it can damage the adjacent teeth as they are “cut” to make the space for the bridge. In 32% of cases the nerve of the teeth can devitalise and if the bridge fails this can also compromise the health of other teeth.

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