You were expecting the dentist to have bad news and you were not disappointed. The last of your natural teeth have to go. The good news is that the dentist has determined that you are a candidate for dental implants. As you evaluate your options, here are some points in favor of implants that you should remember.
Keeping Your Jaw Line Balanced
One of the problems with other solutions for replacing teeth is that they do nothing to keep your gums and jaw line from shifting. That’s because those other solutions rest on top of the gums rather than in them. As any cosmetic dentist will confirm, implants work to prevent shifts in the shape of your gums and jaw. That’s because the implants are embedded in the gums, effectively occupying the space vacated by your natural teeth. If you want to avoid developing a sunken look, implants are the obvious solution.
A Durable Option
There is no doubt that implants are as close to the real thing as you can get. They will hold up well for a number of years, provided that you follow the dentist’s instructions. The implants will not shift after the oral surgery and they don’t wear down over time. As long as you take proper care of them, they could last for the rest of your life.
Daily Maintenance is Easy
Another benefit of dental implants is they are not hard to maintain. You’ll still brush them just like natural teeth. Using mouthwash to help keep them clean is still part of your daily routine.
The only change you’ll need to remember is that floss should not be used, or only used carefully. Implants do not have the natural membrane along the gum that comes with real teeth. If you floss too close to the gum, you increase the potential for an infection.
One of the dangers with denture plates is that the adhesive can always weaken. That could mean that one or both plates slip out of position during dinner, in the middle of a presentation, or some other than that is less than optimum. With implants, there is no slipping. Once the oral surgery is complete and the cosmetic dentist ensures the implants are stable, you will never have to deal with adhesives or worry about your smile being anything less than dazzling.
For anyone who is facing life without natural teeth, check with a dentist and find out if dental implants are an option. If so, talk about the procedure and what it will involve. While it will take a little time and effort, the results will be worth it.