Dental Implants

What Is a Dental Implant?

An implant is a screw-shaped, metallic fixture that is inserted within the jawbone to serve as the replacement root of an artificial tooth. The implant becomes firmly anchored within the bone and provides a solid foundation for the attachment of an artificial tooth. Dental implants offer a lifelong and durable alternative to removable dentures or fixed bridges that don’t fit well and often fail to provide acceptable facial aesthetics.

Why is Dental Implant Needed?

Your dentist can use dental implants for replacing a single, multiple, or all missing teeth in a jaw the goal being to restore dental function and facial esthetics.

No doubt, conventional removable dentures are considerably less expensive than dental bridges or implants but are the least desirable owing to their inconvenience of use and poor esthetics. Furthermore, dentures also do not provide optimal chewing efficiency and even affect one’s taste perception and sensory experience with food.

Before dental implants became famous, dental bridges were more commonly used for tooth replacement. Unlike the removable dentures, a bridge remains fixed as it gains its support from the healthy natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth gap. As a result, they offer superior esthetics and chewing efficiency than removable dentures. However, the main disadvantage of bridgework is the dependence on existing natural teeth for support. Implants, on the other hand, are directly supported by the bone only and do not affect adjacent natural teeth.

Dental Implants versus Conventional Dentures

Implants Offer Good Retention

Removable dentures do not provide sufficient retention, often carrying the risk of slipping or dislodgement. As a result, they require the application of adhesives to ensure their retention and stability in the oral cavity while eating or speaking. An implant-supported denture requires no adhesive, as it is supported by implants that are directly anchored within the jawbone.


Convenience

The upper dentures are usually designed in a way that they completely cover the roof of the mouth with an acrylic plate, resulting in an interference with taste perception and other normal activities. With implants, nothing is covering the roof of your mouth; and your taste perception and chewing efficiency will not be affected. Even the Implant-supported dentures do not require an acrylic plate for their retention.


Implants are Stable

Dentures wearers are often worried about their dentures slipping while eating or speaking. Since the dental Implants and are securely anchored within the bone, any prosthesis that is attached to them will not slip and fully restore optimal speech and chewing efficiency.


Prevents Facial Bone Loss

Over the years, excessive bone loss, either as a result of age change, trauma, or tooth loss, can cause the collapse of the lower third of your face. This problem is aggravated when bone loss is accelerated due to the loss of natural teeth. Excessive bone loss in the facial region can result in excessive wrinkles, sagging skin, and thinning of lips – creating an overall sunken-in facial appearance. This can considerably age a person’s appearance. Implants prevent bone loss. Dental implants tend to promote bone formation around them and ensure optimal bone volume and density in the facial region. Making you look much younger and healthier.

Easy Maintenance

Dentures need to be removed every time for performing oral hygiene measures such as brushing and flossing. However, except a removable implant-retained denture, you can brush and floss without having to remove your prosthesis. You can care for your implant-supported restorations just like your natural teeth.


Chew With Ease

Dentures can move while you chew – which is annoying – and also creates difficulties while eating! In fact, dentures only restore 10% or less of your full chewing power and efficiency. That is why dentists often instruct denture wearers to avoid hard and sticky foods, to prevent their dentures from dislodging. Dental implants are anchored within the jawbone, just like your natural teeth – restoring full chewing power and allowing you to eat your favorite foods without difficulty.


No Clicking Sounds

Another problem associated with the conventional dentures is the clicking sound produced by the artificial teeth whenever you eat or speak. The artificial teeth for Implant-supported dentures are made from high-quality ceramics. Hence, there’s no annoying clicking sound with implants.

Dental Implants versus Dental Bridges

Much Sturdy Position

Dental bridges derive their support and retention and support from the adjacent natural teeth. Your dentist will remove a thin layer of the enamel from the supporting teeth to create room for the attachment of crowns that hold the bridge in place. Dental implants eliminate this problem, as they are embedded directly within the jawbone and do not require support from the adjacent teeth.

Lifelong Solution

Dental bridges tend to have a short life, lasting anywhere between five to ten years. Dental implants, on the other hand, are prepared from high-quality titanium alloys – making them highly durable. Dental implants can last for a lifetime if they are looked after properly.

So, while a bridge may seem to be an economical option, the dental implants prove to be more cost-effective in the long run.
Dental implants look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth. If you are fed up with your unaesthetic and uncomfortable removable dentures, then dental implants offer an aesthetically pleasant and long-lasting alternative.

Reasons To Choose Dental Implants

Dental Implants Look Exactly Like Your Original Teeth

Dental implants are very essential and nowadays, it has become very popular and effective dental procedures in dentistry. It replaces the tooth root into the jaw bone. It functions like a natural tooth. For using denture or replacing the bridge, patients sometimes face many problems in functioning. But replacing the dental implant, patients feel so comfortable in using the natural teeth and also the dental implant provides the esthetic as like the natural tooth.
Implants Support Your Jaw Bone

By losing a tooth, the bone around the tooth socket gets shrunken. By replacing the dental implant, it stimulates the jaw, the gum tissues and helps prevent jaw bone deterioration. Only dental implants can fuse with the jawbone and help support the jaw to keep it healthy and intact.
Dental Implants Work Exactly Like Your Original Teeth

The implants are not only a well-founded tooth restoration, but also are the strongest tooth replacement choice in the dentistry. The posts and abutments are generally stronger than the natural teeth roots, where issues may occur. With the ceramic crown, as ceramic is so strong but it’s no more durable than a real tooth. The implants are anchored to the bone instead of the tooth’s root and this allows them to be stronger enough to withstand more pressure than the natural teeth.
Implants Stabilize Adjacent Teeth

In a bridge, the teeth need to be cut down and those structures of teeth can never get back as before. For that, the long term health of the teeth is getting compromised. On the other hand with a denture, when teeth are replaced, the bone resorption is accelerated, the pressure on the gums and underlying bone that partially gives on the other adjacent teeth around the replacing teeth. But replacing with the dental implants, there is neither need to cut down the tooth nor any pressure to create on the other teeth.
Dental Implants Do Not Affect the Way You Talk

Dental implants also improve speech and comfort. Dentures have a tendency to slip when they aren’t sized correctly, have a chance of falling down, and sometimes they cannot be properly fitted that can cause a person to sound muffled or have a slur. By replacing dental implants, patients don’t have to face these problems. On the contrary, dental implants are very comfortable in talking, chewing. There is no chance of falling down or moving or displacing in using the implants.
Implants Are Easy to Maintain

In-home care, a single tooth implant, or a crown and bridge dental is easily cleaned like a natural tooth. As like every day regular brushing, flossing, scheduled hygiene appointments as directed by the dentist. To maintain dental implants, there is no special caring for that. Sometimes, in-home care, little more complications may occur but for this dentist’s consultations can help.

Final Words

Regardless of the reason, an immediate replacement for tooth loss is necessary to minimize further oral health problems. At Coquitlam Dental Group, we want you to experience the best teeth and smile as possible. If dental implants seem like the best choice for you, call us today at (604) 526-2725 and schedule an appointment!

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