When you are missing one or more teeth, your smile is just not the same as it used to be. Not only do missing teeth cause cosmetic concerns, but they also affect how your dental structures perform daily tasks like chewing or speaking. At Harrison Dental Associates, we often recommend patients consider dental implants for tooth replacement. This is because dental implants offer patients a variety of benefits that you simply won’t find in other restorative options. Here are three major benefits to dental implants:
No Dietary Restrictions
With dental implants, you do not have to worry about dietary restrictions. This is because the dental implant process involves a surgical procedure that allows a titanium post to fuse together with your jawbone. Because of this, all of the hardware for your dental restoration will be protected by your own soft tissues. Not only does this post give your restoration tooth root functionality but it also means that you don’t have to worry about avoiding certain foods to maintain your restoration. With other restorative options like dental bridges, excessively crunchy or chewy foods can potentially damage your restoration. However, with dental implants, you are free to eat whatever you want after your restoration has fully healed.
No Compromising Healthy Teeth
Dental implants are often compared to dental bridges, another type of restorative option. Dental bridges literally bridge the gap in your smile created by a missing tooth. The main difference between dental implants and dental bridges is that dental bridges require the support of your surrounding teeth to hold the prosthetic tooth in place. Because dental bridges require the support of surrounding teeth, some healthy enamel may have to be removed from these teeth to make space for the bridge. If you do not want to compromise your healthy teeth, dental implants are a great choice to help you avoid this. Because the dental implant has its own support from the titanium post, there is no need to compromise your surrounding teeth.
Look, Feel, and Function of Natural Teeth
Patients love dental implants because they are the closest restorative option to natural teeth. Once complete, the implant is topped off with a dental crown that is custom designed to match your smile. With the titanium post being fused into your jawbone and then topped off with a dental crown, your dental implant will look, feel, and function like a natural tooth within your smile. If you are missing one or more teeth, know that Harrison Dental Associates is here for you. As your trusted restorative dentist in Charlottesville, we are happy to go over all of your restorative options with you, including dental implants. Please schedule an appointment today, and we look forward to seeing you soon.