Dental implants can be cared for exactly as you would a real tooth. Unlike dentures or bridges, there isn’t any messy adhesive or space between the gum and the replacement tooth, which can be difficult to clean. Dental implants allow you to continue your oral health routine just as you did prior to losing your tooth, without adding any specialized tools or processes. Simple brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash are all it takes to maintain your implants.
2. Fight Bone Loss
When you lose a tooth, the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth loses the stimulation that causes it to maintain its form and density. With dentures and bridges, the bones lack this stimulation and individuals are susceptible to bone loss. These bones can experience a 25% decrease in width after just the first year of tooth loss. Because a dental implant is placed in the gumline where your tooth was previously, it behaves like a normal tooth; providing the necessary stimulation to help your bones continue to rebuild. Bone loss is a serious issue which can lead to more tooth loss, thereby continuing the cycle.
3. Maintain Your Remaining Teeth
In some cases, choosing bridges or dentures means losing more teeth in order to make room for these solutions. If you want to replace a missing tooth or teeth without changing or removing the healthy teeth that already exist, then dental implants could be the right choice for you. In most cases, placing a single dental implants takes less than an hour and doesn’t involve any changes to the surrounding teeth. For many people the ability to leave their natural teeth as-is can be a huge benefit of opting for this solution.
Dental implants are a specialized surgery that can’t be done at your regular dentist’s office. Dr. Kenzik’s Periodontal office in Port Orange is your local expert in this field. Contact us to learn more about the benefits of dental implants.