Are you missing teeth due to tooth decay or gum disease? Or maybe you chipped, cracked, broke or lost a tooth in a sports injury or auto accident? No matter how you lost your missing teeth, dental implants could be the ideal tooth replacement option for you. For adolescents, implants can also be a way to replace injured or missing teeth as long as facial growth and development have finished — normally around age 16 for girls, and age 18 for boys.
4 Reasons to Get Dental Implants
Dental implants have many advantages over other tooth replacement alternatives such as dentures and bridges. Here are four that your Levesque Family Dentistry dentist in Nashua, NH wants to make you aware of.
1. Dental Implants Function Like Natural Teeth
Dental implants are designed and crafted to look, feel, and function exactly like they are your healthy, natural teeth. Once the implant site is healed, they usually feel so natural you will eventually forget you have them at all. You will be able to brush and floss your implants alongside your natural teeth with no need to remove them for cleaning like dentures and no difficulty flossing around them like you have with bridges.
Dental implants also help your face and smile retain their natural shapes and prevent your teeth from shifting as can happen when gaps are allowed to remain open.
2. Dental Implants Last A Lifetime
Dental implants are made to last. Implants that are properly cared for may last for decades. Alternatively, dental bridges and dentures, may need to be replaced as often as every 5 to 10 years. Therefore, although implants cost more up front, you will not need to pay to replace them as often as other options and you’ll spend less money and time at the dentist’s office.
3. Implants Are Secure In Your Mouth
Dental implants are screwed into your solid jaw bone tissue, so there’s no chance of embarrassing slippage or clicking when you talk, eat or laugh as there is with dentures. With dental implants, you should be able to do all these things without worry.
4. Implants Help Preserve and Protect Your Jawbone
Implants protect facial bone tissue and structure and healthy teeth. Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to erosion of bone tissue, causing the mouth to shrink and remaining teeth to shift. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that stimulates new bone growth and prevent further bone loss.
Having dental implants placed as soon as possible after losing a tooth helps prevent bone loss at the site. Also, dental implants do not require the enamel of the neighboring teeth to be removed as do bridges.
Dental Implants in Nashua, NH
If you have lost teeth for any reason and are interested in finding out if dental implants are a good solution for restoring your smile, your Levesque Family Dentistry dentist and their team in Nashua, NH are ready to help. Please call us at (603) 547-9203 or schedule a consultation online today!