Dental Implants have been around for years. But Despite improvements in dental care, millions of Americans suffer tooth decay and tooth. Most of this damage to teeth can be blamed on poor oral care, periodontal disease, or an injury to the fame or mouth. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing or damaged teeth were bridges and dentures. But, today, dental implants are available.
First, some history on dentures: Dentures are essentially false teeth, and their origins date back thousands of years. Humans had bad oral care habits back then, so it is no surprise that they frequently suffered from teeth loss. They constructed new sets of false teeth using existing human teeth or teeth from animals. Later, wood was used a substitute. Animal horn, ivory and porcelain were also used as false teeth. Beeswax was used to create the mold, and then the ‘teeth’ were adhered to a frame made of an animal bone or metal. Needless to say, the pain and discomfort associated with early denture and false teeth brought on the modern era of oral care. People started caring for teeth to avoid the horror of dentures.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
There are many advantages to dental implants, including:
- Healthier appearance. In today’s society, particularly in the Western world, nice looking teeth are considered essential. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth because they are designed to fuse with the jawbone. For this reason, they become permanent if correctly implemented.
- Improved speech. The tongue and teeth need to work together to make sounds, and this isn’t possible with poorly constructed of poorly fitting dentures. This leads to an inability to enunciate and mumbling, which modern society considers unacceptable. Dental implants allow you to speak with these concerns.
- Easier Chewing. Because dental implants function more like real teeth, they are much better at breaking down food, making it easier to swallow and digest, which leads to better overall health.
- Confidence and Self-Esteem. If you look good you feel good, so dental implants can lead to a much richer life of health and happiness
- Improved Oral Health. Dental implants are much more sanitary, don’t require extra cleaning and maintenance, and don’t need bridges. This means your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health and oral hygiene.
- Better comfort. Because they are part of the new oral structure of your teeth and mouth, implants are much more comfortable that dentures.
- Ease and Convenience. Dental implants eliminate the unpleasantness of having to remove and clean teeth like denture require. And there is no need for the icky sticky adhesive that denure require to hold them in place.
- Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
How Successful Are Dental Implants?
Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of over 90%%. With proper care implants can last a lifetime.
We’ve listed a lot of the advantages of dental implants over dentures, but here are three we feel are most important to you.
Technical improvements have made dental implants safer and less expensive. There is no longer a financial excuse to avoid implant or choose denture over them. The cost benefit gap has been closed. Unfortunately, it is unlikely your insurance carrier will cover the cost of you implants, but even out of you own pocket, it is worth it.
Easier and Less Painful
As with most cosmetic treatments, advancements in procedural technology for dental implants has improved greatly in recent years. This means it is less painful and easier to manage, which generally means higher overall satisfaction.
Improved Appearance and Self Esteem
Let’s face it, if you weren’t concerned with your smile and how your teeth look, you would not have made it this far in this article. The fact is, you cannot place a value on happiness, and the better you look and feel, will directly result in improved happiness and quality of life.
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