If you have any missing teeth or need to have teeth pulled because of excessive decay, then your dentist is going to provide you with options for replacing these teeth. These options include dental implants, full dentures, and partials. Here are four reasons choosing dental implants over the other options is best:
- Preventing Shifting Teeth: When you have missing teeth, the teeth that surround them are going to shift into that empty space. This is going to make teeth crooked because they are all going to crowd into one place. This is going to make it harder for you to replace these teeth with implants in the future, and is going to lead to more teeth needing to be pulled out in order to make room for the implants.
- Keep Your Jawbone Strong: When you don't have dental implants, your jawbone is not being stimulated by anything. This is because dental implants are the only option for replacing teeth that are attached to your jawbone when they are implanted. This stimulates the jawbone to continue being strong since it makes the jawbone believe that you still have teeth in place there.
- Avoid Denture Complications: Some problems with dentures include food restrictions, sores, and improper fits. To avoid this, dental implants are best all around; however, if you are not able to afford full implants, you can at least have a few implants done that will help support dentures. When you do this, the dentures stay in place more easily because the jawbone continues to stay stimulated. With a strong jawbone, you are able to eat more and the dentures will continue to stay properly fitted because your jawbone won't be sinking in over time.
- Keep Your Face Structure the Same: When you keep the jawbone stimulated with dental implants, you can keep the shape of your face the same. When your jawbone becomes weak, your cheeks begin to sink in, which can make you appear older and more tired. Dental implants also help keep your lips full because they won't be sinking in due to lack of a strong jawbone. Many people with dental implants have a much higher confidence in themselves.
When you consider these four reasons to choose dental implants, you can see why investing in the procedure is worth it in the long run. If you're worried about costs, talk to your dentist about financing options, as well as implant supported denture options.
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