Benefits of Dental Implants
Missing teeth are no fun. You have unsightly gaps in your mouth, and you can’t chew properly. In addition to that, there can be serious implications for your oral health. Missing teeth can lead to bone deterioration and damage to the remaining teeth. In years gone by, the only solution was bridgework or dentures. Increasingly, though, dentists are recommending implants for patients who have missing teeth. In fact, it’s the course of action that is most often recommended, simply because implants offer a greater level of comfort, appearance and functionality.
So, what exactly are dental implants? Simply stated, an implant is a metal support that is installed in your jaw in the area where the teeth are missing. They’re used to support prosthetic teeth that replace the missing natural teeth. The benefits of dental implants are that they look and function in exactly the same way as your natural teeth. Unlike dentures, implants will never slip or slide. That’s because they’re securely anchored in your jaw. You don’t have to worry about irritation like you would with dentures or bridgework.
The other problem with dentures and bridges is that they don’t prevent bone loss in your jaw the way that implants do. Let’s be clear, implants can be expensive, so dentures and bridges are still a good solution. But, if you can afford implants, they’re a better solution.
The other advantage to implants is that they don’t just look like your natural teeth; they work in exactly the same way. You’ll be able to eat all the foods you love, chewing them in the same way that you would if you were using the teeth that you were born with. You also don’t have to give them any kind of special care. All you need to do is brush and floss the same way that you’ve always done, and get seen for regular checkups. That’s all you have to do to make sure that your dental implants last you for a very long time. Dr. Berger has been an implant dentist for a lot of years, so he can tell you that’s really all there is to it.
Schedule a consult with Dr. Berger today at his Oakdale office by calling (631) 589-2600. He will go over your options and see if dental implants are right for you. To learn more about dental implants, read our overview blog.