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For centuries, dentures have been the standard of care for coping with the loss of permanent teeth. Although treatment options like dentures and dental bridges work well, it has to be admitted that they are a poor facsimile of natural teeth. At their worst, they tend to be uncomfortable and can make the wearer feel self-conscious. Although it can be said that they are better than nothing, they simply cannot match the benefits of dental implants.

Dental implants come far closer to providing a true replacement option for missing teeth. In fact, they are the next best thing to having natural teeth. They can reestablish the symbiotic connection between the tooth root and the jawbone. Without this relationship, you will tend to lose jawbone tissue in time.

But that is far from the only incredible advantage offered by dental implants. Here are six such benefits:

1. Enhanced Appearance

After losing one or more of your adult teeth, it is quite common to feel somewhat embarrassed and experience shyness when speaking or wishing to openly laugh. The good news is that you can have dental implants placed that provide both the look and feel of your own natural teeth. They appear natural and provide a match to the color of your surrounding teeth. No metal hooks are necessary to keep them in place, as with dentures. People will admire your beautiful smile, and no one will even know that you had anything done unless you choose to tell them.

2. Comfort and Improved Speech

When dentures fit poorly, many patients report teeth slipping in their mouth when least expected, leading to embarrassing situations, particularly when eating some types of foods or slurring their speech. With a dental implant, you will have no fears whatsoever as you do with other tooth replacement options that may slip, limit your food choices, and affect your speech.

3. Prevents Bone Loss

Whenever you have missing teeth, the underlying bone in this empty space is no longer stimulated, causing it to deteriorate over time. If you do not receive a dental implant within one year of losing a tooth, the jaw bone in this area may be reduced by as much as 25% of its original volume.

Dentures cannot prevent bone loss, and can even accelerate it when they become loose and begin rubbing against the bone, slowly wearing it away. Dental implants provide a substitute tooth root. Your body doesn't know or care whether it is artificial or not. Your jawbone will fuse around your new dental implant to provide a firm foundation so that it cannot slip, just as with your natural teeth.

4. Durable

Implants offer strength and stability over time since they actually fuse with your existing bone structure. Properly cared for, you can expect your new implant to last for a lifetime, as it performs its job in looking and feeling just like your natural tooth, which greatly boosts your self-confidence and provides superior value for your money.

5. Permanent and Natural

Dental implants closely mimic natural teeth. Although other options like bridges and dentures can replicate the tooth crown, which is the part of the tooth visible above the gum line, they cannot replace the tooth root.

The term dental implant comes from the part of the restoration that is replacing your natural tooth root. The implanted post within your jawbone will fully integrate with bone tissue like a natural tooth root does. This provides great strength and stability to allow your new implant to absorb the stress that your teeth undergo when chewing and eating, something that is lacking from dentures.

6. Preserves Facial Features

Whenever your permanent teeth are missing, your cheeks will tend to collapse inward because of the loss of jawbone material in the area, as we discussed above. The more pronounced this becomes, the more you experience rapid facial aging that can make you look significantly older than your actual age. The good news is that your new dental implants are a permanent solution that prevent facial collapse due to missing teeth and the resultant loss of bone mass.

Schedule Your Dental Implants Consultation

Do you have one or more missing teeth and want to experience for yourself how dental implants can replace both the form and function of your original teeth? Or are you a denture wearer who is unsatisfied with your current treatment choice? If so, we invite you to contact the office of Boulevard Dental today to schedule your initial dental implants consultation.

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