If you are dealing with missing teeth, dental implants are one of the best ways to restore your smile. But if you've been researching the procedure, you've likely learned that getting dental implants is a lengthy process.
Specifically, patients need to wait around 6 months to fully heal from the implant placement surgery before they can finalize the procedure.
By now, you’re likely wondering if waiting that long for an implant is truly worth it.
Well, for many patients, it is. Here are five unique advantages of dental implants that make the entire process worth it.
Unlike other tooth replacement options like bridges or dentures, dental implants replace both the missing tooth root and the dental crown.
Implants are made from three elements: a metal post, an abutment, and a dental crown. The abutment is a connector piece that allows the crown and metal post to connect.
As a result, the dental implant effectively replaces all the functions of a natural tooth and supports your long-term oral health.
Your jawbone needs constant stimulation, which is achieved every time you chew your food and put pressure on your teeth and jaw. This act helps deliver essential nutrients to the jaw.
When a tooth is missing, that portion of the jaw essentially starves and starts to shrink. Through a dental implant, you get this stimulation again, and the jaw bone is protected.
Dental implants are custom-made to suit every patient’s unique tooth shape, size, and even color. They provide a natural look that can restore your confidence in your smile.
Moreover, because of their structure, dental implants look even more natural than many dentures and bridges. Nobody would tell the difference unless you pointed out that one of your teeth is actually an implant.
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. Though the crown has a lifespan of 10–15 years with the right maintenance, if it’s damaged, you don’t have to go through the entire process again.
The metal post and abutment rarely need replacing, and only in extreme circumstances like a direct blow to the mouth that has damaged the jaw and implants.
Maintaining a dental implant involves the exact same steps you need to take to protect your natural teeth:
Wondering if dental implants are right for you? Dr. Ben Friberg can help you find out if Wilmington dental implants are in just one short consultation!