When our primary goal in dentistry is to preserve natural tooth structure, it may sound counterproductive to suggest that dental implants might rival what Mother Nature gave us. In situations where tooth replacement is necessary, though, there is merit to the idea that dental implants come in a (very) close second. Here’s why.
Dental Implants Resist Decay
One of the valuable aspects of dental implant treatment is that the artificial teeth and root that replace what has been lost are resistant to decay. Many of the dental problems that need professional restorative care stem from acidic attack by the bacteria that live in the mouth. This acid is harmful to natural enamel, and even more so to the softer tissue that lies beneath it, right down to roots. Ceramic crowns and titanium implants, on the other hand, are far less vulnerable to acidity.
It is important to note that oral hygiene is essential even in instances of complete tooth replacement. This is because gum disease may still occur, and advanced gum disease threatens the stability of dental implants.
Dental Implants Support Bone Density
The most noticeable consequence of tooth loss is a gap in the smile, but this may not be the most significant one. Bone deterioration in the jaw is an issue that naturally occurs after tooth loss. Though it isn’t seen when you smile, the loss of bone tissue can alter facial structure over time. Setting new roots into place means that the stimulation delivered to the jawbone continues as necessary for cells to regenerate as intended.
Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime
A dental implant may be made from surgical-grade titanium (metal-free options are also available in some places). The crowns and dentures that are affixed to dental implants are made from high-quality dental ceramics. With proper care that includes daily brushing and routine dental cleanings and exams, dental implants can last up to 30 years.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Dental implants have been proven a safe and effective treatment option for adults of all ages. In our NYC office, patients can expect our team to prioritize their comfort through their entire course of treatment. Learn more about dental implants at (212) 974-8737.