Natural-looking dental implants are the ideal way to restore the gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth. Dental implants are a permanent solution to your missing teeth because they don’t just sit on top of your gumline the way dentures and dental bridges do– instead, they’re a permanent part of your smile. Dental implants offer numerous benefits over removable dental restorations.
When you’re living with missing teeth, the simple pleasure of enjoying a meal with friends can become difficult. Our patients tell us that they’re often embarrassed by the gaps in their teeth when they smile. Even with dentures, eating can be painful and there are many types of food such as steak and crunchy apples that are difficult to eat.
Dentures can also come out or move around while you’re eating, and this can make you want to shun eating in public altogether. Over time, the muscles in your mouth will sag, causing your cheeks to sink. This can make you look like your wearing a perpetual frown.
People who wear dentures often have difficulty speaking clearly. Dentures can be become unstable over time and fall out of place, causing the patient to make whistling sounds while speaking. Dental implants, on the other hand, provide a secure and healthy foundation which makes it much easier to speak clearly.
As soon as you lose a tooth, your body automatically stops growing bone matter at the point of the missing tooth. This disintegration of the jawbone is known as resorption. Unlike dental implants, dentures and dental bridges do nothing to counteract resorption. But dental implants stimulate healthy jawbone growth and counteract resorption through a process known a osseointegration.
Dental implants enhance the overall health of your smile. When you have missing teeth, your remaining natural teeth shift out of place. This irritates your gums, often leading to gum disease. Eventually, this will threaten the health of your remaining teeth and it can even cause you to lose more teeth. By permanently filling the gaps between your teeth, dental implants eliminate this issue.
Dentures and dental bridges leave a lot to be desired when you compare them to dental implants. Unlike dentures, you’ll never need to remove them for cleaning. In fact, you care for your implants the same way to take care of your natural teeth. You just brush and floss them every day.
Dr. Jeffery C. Platt
2465 Research Pkwy #100
Colorado Springs, CO
Monday: 7AM – 4PM
Tuesday: 7AM – 3PM
Wednesday: 7AM – 4PM
Thursday: 7AM – 3PM