Dental Implants – These Ain’t Your Grandma’s Fake Teeth (via @worldental)

13 May

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Luckily, there are exciting developments being made in cosmetic dentistry every day. If you’re missing teeth and your gums and jaws are in good health, dental implants can help you achieve a natural-looking smile without the maintenance involved with dentures.

Dental implants are synthetic, artificial “roots” that are inserted into a patient’s jaw or gum to hold fake teeth (or one tooth) in place. These structures can be a feasible, tooth-saving alternative to traditional bridgework like dentures.  Here’s why. 

They’re Less Maintenance

Although dentures have come a long way since your Grandma was young, they still require regular maintenance. You have to remove them twice a day, clean them thoroughly and place them in a cup of water overnight. This repetitive process can often be uncomfortable or painful for the wearer.

Dental implants require no special cleaning or treatment beyond brushing, flossing and rinsing. Good oral health is still required to prevent gum disease and decay, but you don’t have to remove them until they’re ready to be replaced.

They’re a Better Fit

Dentures are typically held in place by a wafer or adhesive. If the bond isn’t applied correctly, the dentures are likely to move around or even fall out. Eating a meal or having a conversation can often become a source of embarrassment.

As dental implants are secured directly into the jaw or gum, they hold false teeth in place that have no risk of falling out at random.

They’re More Natural Looking

Granted, dentures look a lot more natural now than when they were made of bone or ivory. However, it becomes glaringly obvious that you’re wearing dentures when you open your mouth wide or remove them as necessary. This is especially true for partial dentures that are held in place by metal fixtures.

Dental implants are rooted underneath the fake teeth, making them impossible to see unless you study it closely. Dental crowns or bridges are coloured to match the natural enamel of the tooth for an all-around natural looking smile.

They Last Longer

As dentures are known to move around in your mouth, they can also contribute to gum recession and disease. This is especially likely because dentures are recommended for people with pre-existing gum conditions. Dentures last typically between 5-7 years.

Dental implants actually help to preserve your oral health. As they act a “roots,” they prevent facial collapse, jawbone recession and deterioration of your gum and bone. As long as you clean your teeth regularly, dental implants can last at least twenty years without having to be replaced.

If you’re looking for a natural-looking, semi-permanent alternative to dentures, dental implants are your best option. They’ve come a long way in cosmetic dentistry since your Grandma lost her teeth. Dental implants can provide you with the closest thing possible to your natural smile – not even the Tooth Fairy can top that!

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One Response to “Dental Implants – These Ain’t Your Grandma’s Fake Teeth (via @worldental)”

  1. DaVinnci Dental June 24, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    The new dental implants definitely aren’t your grandmother’s fake teeth anymore. The new false teeth have great advantages and advances these days, but if you can afford dental implants then you should definitely do it.

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