The Practical, Esthetic, and Long-Term Health Benefits of Dental Implants

Although there are several ways to replace missing teeth, dental implants have several advantages over other types of restorations. These benefits include greater stability for improved oral function and conservative care that will not impact your other teeth. Dental implants will also stimulate bone growth to protect your oral function. Plus, the attached restoration will look natural, enhancing your appearance at the same time. When you visit our Hartford, CT-area practice, Dr. Steven M. Balloch or his associate, Dr. Joshua Lomke, will explain more about the benefits of dental implants. Then, following a complete evaluation, they can determine if these restorations are right for you.

The Functional Benefits of Dental Implants

photo of a woman eating an orangeUnlike other types of restorations, dental implants will not replace the portions of your teeth that rest above the gum line. These metal posts will actually replace the roots, forming a stable base for an attached restoration. In this way, implants offer much greater stability for your prosthetic. You will not have to worry about damaging or dislodging your restoration when you are eating. As a result, you can enjoy a fuller, well-rounded diet. In addition, you can feel more confident sharing a meal out in public since you will not have to worry about any embarrassing mishaps.

Dental implants are also quite durable. When you practice proper hygiene, the implants will typically last the rest of your life. The attached restoration is far less likely to need repairs or replacement than older types of prosthetics. Consequently, implants will not only give you greater peace of mind. They could also be a more economical choice over time.

While implants do require surgery, they are a more conservative option than traditional restorations that require altering healthy dental enamel. Standard bridges are supported by the natural teeth. Therefore, to ensure a strong foundation, your dentist would need to trim those teeth, removing a large amount of tissue. In contrast, implants will not affect anything but the nearby areas of your jawbone.

Dental Implants and Your Long-Term Jawbone Health

A chief benefit of dental implants is that they will prevent jawbone recession. Because they will replace your dental roots, dental implants will perform all of the same functions. This means that, in addition to upholding your new teeth, they will also emit regenerative signals. Triggering the growth of new tissue, implants will keep your jaw from shrinking and pulling away from your nearby tooth roots. In this way, they can preserve your remaining healthy teeth. Even if you are missing all of our natural teeth, implants can protect the natural shape of your face, helping you avoid the “sunken” look that often follows tooth loss.

Implants can give you the youthful appearance and complete oral function you may have thought you lost forever.

Cosmetic Benefits of Dental Implants

Along with their functional and health-related benefits, implants also have esthetic advantages. Traditional dentures sit on top of plastic bases that fit around the gums. Partial dentures and removable bridges often have tiny metal clips that keep them connected to the nearby teeth. When providing these types of restorations, we work hard to hide attachment pieces and deliver the most natural look possible. However, dental implants eliminate bases and clips entirely. Instead, your restoration will sit right on top of your gums. It will blend in with the rest of your smile, and it will be virtually identical to your surrounding teeth.

Contact Us Today

Implants can give you the youthful appearance and complete oral function you may have thought you lost forever. With multiple types of implants, we can customize your treatment to meet your needs. Contact our office online to learn more about the benefits of dental implants or call us at (860) 659-8660.