What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants keep increasing in popularity because they offer many benefits. Dental implants:
- Function like natural teeth
- Look like natural teeth
- Help maintain your jawbone and gums
- Are easy to care for
- Can last a lifetime
Unlike other traditional tooth replacement methods like dentures, dental implants function much like your natural teeth. They won’t fall out when you eat, talk, or laugh. They won’t become uncomfortable throughout the day, either. More importantly, they can help protect your jawbone from slowly losing bone mass.
Naturally, your jawbone continually regenerates itself. This process is started by stimulation received from chewing and working the teeth connected to the jawbone. When this stimulation disappears, the jaw won’t regularly regenerate itself like before, which can eventually cause sunken-looking cheeks and a loss in bone mass. Dental implants stimulate jawbone growth to avoid this problem, but dentures don’t.
Dental implants are easy to care for. Just treat them like natural teeth: brush at least twice daily, and floss every day. Some implant configurations might be a little harder to clean. To clean them better, switch to a water flosser or interdental brush. We’ll talk to you about your implant hygiene during your regular checkups at our Wichita Falls dental office.
If you care for dental implants, they can last a lifetime. Some people have had implants for 50 years or more, and more than 90% last 20 years or more. Even with the best care, however, the crowns or bridges on your implant might not last as long. These dental implant restorations may last only 10-30 years.