They can restore you to an active lifestyle. Swim, ski, give business presentations, and eat what you like without worrying about your teeth slipping or falling out — dental implants are fixed in place.
Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth. Dental implants are anchored into your jaw and can last a lifetime.
With poor-fitting dentures, replacement teeth can slip within the mouth, causing you to mumble or slur words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that dentures might slip.
Because dental implants are fixed and function like natural teeth, they can eliminate the discomfort caused by removable dentures.
Sliding dentures make chewing more difficult. Dental implants function like your own permanent teeth, which can allow you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain or discomfort.
Dental implants can give you back a terrific smile and help you feel better about yourself.
Improved Oral Health
Dental implants don’t require the grinding down of adjacent healthy teeth, as with a traditional, tooth-supported bridge. Because nearby teeth need not be altered to support an implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
Dental implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, implants can last a lifetime.
Removable dentures can be uncomfortable, inconvenient, and embarrassing. They can be troublesome to clean and often require the use of messy pastes and creams to keep them from slipping. Dental implants are fixed in place and provide a solution as close to natural teeth as possible. With dental implants, you brush your teeth just like everyone else and obtain routine dental care from your regular dentist.
An Investment in Yourself
Dental implants are a great investment because they provide a permanent solution to your dental problems.
The mouth is restored as closely as possible to its natural state
By replacing the entire tooth, including the root, it is possible to replicate the function of natural teeth, with a strong, stable foundation that allows comfortable biting and chewing. In addition, nothing in the mouth looks, or feels artificial.
Implants preserve the integrity of facial structures
By preventing the bone resorption that would normally occur with the loss of teeth, the facial structures remain intact. This is particularly important when all of the teeth are missing, as the lower one-third of the face collapses if implants are not placed to preserve the bone.
Your smile is improved when replacement teeth look more like natural teeth
Even when only one tooth is missing, long term esthetics are much better with an implant supported replacement tooth than with a traditional tooth supported bridge. This is particularly important in the front of your mouth, where preventing a visible bone defect is critical for natural appearance.
Adjacent teeth are not compromised to replace missing teeth
Tooth replacement with traditional tooth-supported bridges requires grinding down the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth, so that the bridge can be cemented onto them. This tooth structure can never be replaced and the long-term health of these teeth is compromised. Partial dentures have clasps that hook onto adjacent teeth, putting pressure on them as the partial rocks back and forth. Eventually these teeth can loosen and come out as a result of this pressure. Replacing missing teeth with implant supported crowns/bridges does not involve the adjacent natural teeth, so they are not unnecessarily damaged.
Convenient oral hygiene
It is much easier to care for an implant supported crown, which can be cleaned like a natural tooth. In comparison, a tooth supported bridge requires the use of a floss threader for proper cleaning. It is also more convenient to clean a full set of implant supported replacement teeth than a traditional denture.
Though the medical benefits of dental implants are great, the real
benefits are those you enjoy day-to-day and everyday!
Contact Dr. Jorge E. Larrondo to discuss the possibilities of dental implants. Larrondo Dentistry is located at 160 S. Santa Fe Street, Hemet, California.