When it comes to missing teeth, you should know that you aren’t alone. Millions of adults across the globe are missing one or more teeth, and American adults are left with an average of only 25 of their natural teeth by the time they are 35 years old. In addition to being embarrassing, missing teeth can also make it hard to chew foods and pronounce certain words properly, causing nutrition issues, social difficult, and lowered self-esteem.
Fortunately, dental implants provide a stable, incredibly attractive alternative to traditional dentures and bridges. Using methodology discovered in the early fifties by a Swedish orthopedic surgeon, dental implants are designed to fuse with your natural bone tissue to create a stable biting surface. Here are just a few of the powerful benefits of receiving dental implants in Washington D.C., and why you should talk about the procedure with Dr. Karl A. Rose.
Dental implants have one of the highest success rates of any modern dental procedure, with the national average hovering around 98%. Working with a professional periodontist like Dr. Rose increases your chances of a successful procedure even more, since periodontists receive years of specialized training regarding the placement and maintenance of dental implants.
Since dental implants fuse with your natural bone tissue, they completely eliminate the slipping and wobbling people tend to experience with dentures, improving your confidence when you eat and talk. Patients with dental implants can eat crunchy or chewy foods without worrying, which also helps to improve nutrition.
Because of this, dental implants may even improve your life expectancy. Research has associated traditional dentures with a decrease of 10 years in life expectancy. This may be partly due to nutritional problems. Dental implants can help you to enjoy a varied, healthy diet, helping you to preserve your health.
Dental implants are designed to look completely natural, nestling directly into the gum tissue just like your original teeth. Implants can be designed to match the rest of your existing teeth or created to give your teeth a makeover, depending on your personal preferences. Since dental implants are designed with modern materials that mimic the natural opacity of your teeth, and because they are independently anchored, nobody will be able to tell your tooth is anything other than your very own.
If your health has suffered due to missing teeth, you can correct it with dental implants.
One of the most powerful benefits of dental implants is that they help to recreate the natural stimulation your teeth provide to your jaw tissue, which helps to keep your bone healthy and strong. When teeth go missing, they don’t provide the stimulation your jaw tissue needs, which means that the bone will start to melt away immediately. In fact, the jaw can lose as much as 25% of its ridge height within the first year following tooth loss, compromising the strength of your dental arches and potentially changing your face shape. However, dental implants halt bone loss, helping you to keep your surrounding teeth and bone tissue healthy and strong.
Unlike dentures, which need to be removed daily to be cleaned and sanitized, dental implants only need to be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth. Because dental implants aren’t susceptible to tooth decay, you also don’t have to worry about them falling victim to cavities. Patients with dental implants also have fewer problems with breakage, since implants aren’t removed and handled the way dentures are.
When properly installed and cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime. To put this into perspective, people with dentures typically have to have their teeth adjusted or replaced every three to five years, which costs time and money.
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Because dental implants are considered a permanent restoration, they are much more cost effective than other restorations like bridges. Although the upfront cost of dental implants is higher than that of dentures, potential implant candidates should consider the lifetime cost of implants compared to dentures. Oftentimes, dental implants will end up being less expensive in the long run, since patients don’t have to worry about replacing them to accommodate a changing mouth shape.
For more information about dental implants, make an appointment to talk with Dr. Karl A. Rose. In addition to evaluating your candidacy for the procedure, Dr. Rose can show you real examples of dental implants so that you understand more about the procedure. Contact us to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.