Dental Implants: Pros and Cons

Why Opt for Dental Implant Treatment?

by Brett Clark

One of the treatments offered today under cosmetic dentistry is dental implants. Dental implants are prosthetics designed to replace the root canals of missing teeth. These dental prosthetics are surgically fixed to the jawbone. Unlike removable dentures, which tend to slip, implant-supported dentures remain firmly held in place, saving the wearer the embarrassment caused by slipping dentures.

In case you are missing one or more teeth, here are a few points to explain why you should choose dental implant treatment:

  1. To improve your looks. This is perhaps the most obvious benefit of dental implants. Dental implants provide a solution to filling of unsightly gaps left behind by lost natural teeth. Replacement teeth will be held in place using these tooth replacements, giving the patient a fuller smile. This way, the patient can feel confident about their smile once more.
  2. To improve your overall oral health. Another notable benefit of dental implants is that they help improve a patient's overall oral health by providing treatment to the gaps left behind after loss of natural teeth. If left untreated, these gaps may cause the remaining teeth to drift and become loose, eventually leading to further tooth loss. Because of the simple fact that nature abhors a vacuum, even healthy teeth can shift over time to occupy the gap left behind by a missing tooth. Therefore, you should replace any missing tooth with an implant so as to maintain proper dentition.
  3. To restore your old eating habits. It's frustrating not being able to eat what you like, right? Gaps left behind due to missing teeth can make it difficult to bite and chew certain foods, especially hard foods. Dental implants are essentially replacements for lost natural teeth. Once secured into the jawbones, they will ensure replacement teeth function just like the missing natural teeth. As a result, you can go back to your old eating habits and eat the foods you enjoyed previously.
  4. To ensure long-lasting treatment. Like many other people, you probably don't want to constantly have to undergo treatment for the same problem. Compared to other treatments available for lost teeth, dental implants are relatively long-lasting. Provided they are properly cared for, dental implant treatment will outlast dental bridges and removable dentures, generally speaking.

Now that you are familiar with the above benefits of dental implant treatment, you can make a better informed decision as to whether or not you should opt for the treatment. Contact a cosmetic dentist for additional advice.