We all know that there is a stigma surrounding the loss of teeth as an adult. However, social pressures are not the only reason to replace missing teeth; any gaps in your smile can cause your teeth to shift, make eating difficult, and harm your self-confidence. This is why people have turned to dentures to cope with tooth loss for centuries.
Thanks to recent developments in dentistry, dentures are no longer the only option you havefor replacing missing teeth; now, dental implants are an option. These strong and stable implants replace missing teeth, perfectly replicating their look, feel, and function.
Here at Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry in La Habra, CA, we can offer you quality dental implants that will last a lifetime. But before you choose them over dentures or bridges, there are some things you need to know.
Dental Implants Are Made with Longevity in Mind
If you are comparing costs between a bridge or dentures and an implant, the implant will seem like the least cost-effective solution. However, dentures need to be remade every so many years as the anatomy of your mouth changes with age. Bridges, even when well-made and well maintained, last ten years or less. When you compare the costs of each option over your lifetime, chances are dental implants will be better for your bottom line.
Dental Implants Are Fuss-Free for You
With dentures and bridges, there is a lot of upkeep on your part. Not to mention that there is always the fear in the back of your mind that they are going to crack or slip out while you are spending time with friends, family, and coworkers. However, dental implants function the same as your natural teeth; there is no worry that they will slip out when talking or eating and they are just as strong as your natural teeth — or even stronger.
Dental Implants Maintain or Improve Facial Symmetry
While it is obvious that a missing tooth throws your smile off balance, what most people do not realize is how much a gap in your teeth can impact the symmetry of your entire face, whether you are smiling or not. This is because the space where the tooth is missing can sag and even sink inward. Dental implants from Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry in La Habra, CA fill the space and restore your natural balance. Unlike other options for dealing with tooth loss, implants help to prevent changes in your appearance over time, and they prevent your teeth from migrating.
Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss
We have all heard the phrase “use it or lose it.” Believe it or not, this applies to your jaw-bones too. When there is no tooth rooted into the gums over the jaw bone, the bone there can steadily deteriorate. This results in weakness in the bone and makes it more prone to breaking. Because implants are anchored in the jaw bone, they keep the bone healthy and can even trigger bone growth to make up for any loss that has already taken place.
Dental Implants Leave Your Oral Hygiene Routine Intact
With dentures, you need to soak them and clean them at least once a day and take care to properly store them when not in use. Bridges stay in your mouth at all times, but you have to learn how to brush and floss them so you keep them and the surrounding teeth clean, and you also have to learn how to do this without damaging t he bridge. Dental implants, on the other hand, are cared for in the same manner as your natural teeth, so there is nothing new to learn and nothing to stress over.
Dental Implants Preserve Your Speech
With other options for dealing with tooth loss, you can experience speech problems, such as alisp. It is also common for them to cause unwanted spitting as you speak. But dental implants fit perfectly and naturally with the rest of your teeth. The end result is that your speech will be as it was before you lost your tooth.
Dental Implants Allow You to Avoid Changing Your Diet
Worried about giving up your favorite foods? Worry no more; with dental implants, you do not need to change your diet. Dental implants are rooted in place and strong, so you do not need to fear damaging them when eating. From biting into apples to chewing steak, you will be able to enjoy it all without fear.
Dental Implants Cannot Develop Cavities
Another major benefit to having dental implants is that they are not susceptible to the same risks as your natural teeth are. For example, since they are not made from organic material, they cannot develop cavities. While cleaning them and maintaining gum health is as important as ever, the risk of developing cavities is no longer there.
Dental Implants Help You Keep Your Other Teeth
This is one of the main reasons we recommend dental implants here at Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry in La Habra, CA. Dentures do not help to keep the rest of your teeth; in fact, since you do not wear them at night, they can actually allow your teeth to shift and make it more likely that they will fall out. Bridges hold teeth in place, but when placing a bridge, the support teeth are ground down, making them more susceptible to damage and future loss. Dental implants, on the other hand, keep all teeth in place and require no modification to the healthy teeth you have left. With good oral hygiene practices, dental implants can save you from any future tooth loss.
Dental Implants Have Less Room for Error
As long as you work with a dental implant specialist with a track record of providing quality care— like Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry in La Habra —, there is very little room for error when using dental implants. You do not need to remember to take them out and put them in, and they are not prone to breaking. As such, their long-term success rate is incredibly high. Overall, dental implants are an excellent choice for most patients dealing with tooth loss. However, you must take care to ensure that the medical professional you turn to is AAID certified —which Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry in La Habra, CA is. We have proven ourselves to be dental implant experts, and you can rest assured when you choose us for your dental work.