The modern dental implant has been around since the 1970s. Fast-forward to today, the dental implant is considered an optimal option for tooth replacement. Although having a dental implant may be costlier than other options such as dentures and bridges, many of our patients ultimately find that having dental implants proves to be an investment worth smiling about in the long run.
First of all, dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that makes it possible for your teeth to be restored to their normal structure and function as closely as possible. Through a process known as osseointegration, a dental implant fuses with the jawbone and functions like a natural tooth — from chewing food to speaking clearly.
In addition to the functional benefits, the huge improvement in appearance after having dental implants leads to a significant boost in self-esteem among patients. With dental implants, the possible collapse of the lower third of the face (which could lead to the appearance of wrinkles around the mouth area) is averted.
And dental implants are easy to maintain! You simply floss and brush them like your natural teeth, a far cry from tooth-supported bridges and crowns that require special hygiene tools.
Ultimately, dental implants help improve quality of life not just by rebuilding the smile but also through improved speech, enhanced nutrition, and convenient oral hygiene.
For more information on dental implants, call us to schedule an appointment today.