Have you lost teeth due to tooth decay or gum disease? Or maybe you lost a tooth in a sports injury or auto accident? Dental implants can be a smart choice for adults of all ages, no matter how you lost your missing teeth. Implants can also be a viable option for adolescents, once facial growth and development has been completed — generally around age 16 for girls, and age 18 for boys.
Dental implants have many advantages over other tooth replacement alternatives such as dentures and bridges. Here are four that Dr. Shalini Sethi and Dr. Sumitra Yalamanchili of Elevate Dental Implant Center in Hanover, MD want to make you aware of.
1. Dental Implants Function Like Natural Teeth
Dental implants feel, look, fit and function as if they were healthy, natural teeth. They’re so comfortable you won’t even be aware they’re not your natural teeth once the implant site is fully healed.. You’ll brush and floss them just like you do your natural teeth with no need to remove them for cleaning like dentures. They also help you retain your natural face shape and smile.
2. Dental Implants Last A Lifetime
Dental implants are built to last. Implants that are properly cared for can last many decades. Many other options such as dental bridges and dentures, may need to be replaced as often as every 5 to 10 years. This means that, although implants cost more up front, you will not need to pay to replace them as often as other options and you’ll spend less time in the dentist’s office.
3. Implants Are Secure In Your Mouth
Your dental implants will be embedded in your jaw bone, so they won’t slip or click when you talk, eat or laugh like dentures can. You’ll also find that your speech is more natural with dental implants. With dental implants, you’ll be able to smile, talk, laugh and eat with confidence.
4. Implants Help Preserve and Protect Your Jawbone
Implants protect facial bone and healthy teeth. Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to jawbone deterioration or other issues. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that stimulates new bone growth and prevents further bone loss. Having dental implants placed as soon as possible after losing a tooth helps prevent bone loss at the site. Also, dental implants do not need adjacent teeth to be ground down for bridges to be anchored or partial dentures to be attached.
Dental Implants in Hanover, MD
If you have lost teeth for any reason and are interested in finding out if dental implants can help restore your teeth, Dr. Sethi, Dr. Yalamanchili and their team at Elevate Dental Implant Center in Hanover, MD are ready to help. Please call us at 410-205-4997 or schedule a consultation online today!