If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants may be the perfect solution. Here are a few reasons why dental implants are beloved by patients and dentists alike.

A) Dental implants maintain a long-term success rate of over 90%. Several different studies show that between 92% and 96% of dental implants are still healthy and stable well after 10 years post-treatment. The risks of developing complications, such as peri-implantitis, also drop considerably the longer the implant is present.

B) Improved technology allows for ultra-precise post placement. The technology behind the design of dental implants and the techniques used for placement continue to advance. Dentists can place dental implant posts with extreme precision, which minimizes the surgical site size, speeds up recovery, and raises immediate success rates.

C) Dental implants are the most natural-looking and feeling prosthetic teeth. Porcelain dental bridges and even dentures can look very realistic in appearance, but nothing can top dental implants when it comes to a restoration that looks and feels like a natural tooth. This is because a dental implant mimics the structure of a natural tooth cosmetically and functioning.

The implant is firmly placed within the jaw bone, just like a tooth root, and the crown covering the abutment resembles the color and translucency of tooth enamel. Your gum tissue will also form a pocket around this crown, just as it would with a healthy tooth. All in all, a dental implant is the closest thing you can get to a real tooth.

D) Stability and bite force function is comparable to natural teeth. Traditional dentures typically require a change in diet to compensate for the reduced stability and bite force. Dental bridges aren’t as limiting, but care is still recommended as biting down on something very crunchy, chewy, or sticky could crack the pontic. Since the dental implant post is firmly fused within the jawbone, it feels just as strong and stable as a natural tooth. You’ll also have a very similar bite force to what you would with natural teeth. Habits, like chewing on ice, are still not recommended as the dental crown can become damaged, but healed dental implants won’t limit your diet in any way.

E) Neighboring teeth won’t be affected by an implant restoration. Dental bridges remain a very common restorative option if someone is missing one to four teeth, but they do require neighboring teeth to be altered. For example, if you have two missing teeth, the pontic that will fill this gap will rely on the neighboring teeth for support. In the majority of cases, this means dental crowns will be placed on these teeth.

In the case of dental implants, healthy neighboring teeth aren’t impacted in any way. Because your new prosthetic tooth’s stability relies on the implant post, the rest of your smile won’t need to be altered or undergo additional treatment.

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