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The 4 Benefits of Dental Implants

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Are you considering dental implants? Whether you have a missing tooth, a tooth that is severely damaged or decayed, or you need multiple teeth replaced, dental implants are the best option available. 

There are other ways to replace missing or damaged teeth, such as dental bridges or even dentures. Why are dental implants considered to be the best? Consider the top 4 benefits of dental implants

1. Natural Function

The biggest benefit of dental implants is their natural function. A dental implant is a complete artificial tooth and root system that replaces the missing or damaged tooth and its root. No other tooth replacement option is as complete. 

An implant consists of a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jaw bone where the natural tooth root used to be. The titanium implant fuses with the bone to form a solid hold that offers the same bite strength as a healthy natural tooth. Once the implant sufficiently bonds with the bone, the abutment and then the crown can be attached to the top. The crown is typically made of porcelain, which is a material that is as strong (if not stronger) than natural tooth enamel. It holds up well to bite force and a lifetime of constant chewing. 

2. Natural Appearance

The crown portion of the implant is made of porcelain, which closely resembles natural tooth enamel. It can be colored to match your existing teeth and will be formed to the shape of the tooth it is replacing. This is just one way that a dental implant ensures a natural appearance.

A dental implant also looks natural because of the way it attaches to the implant root that extends below the gum line into the jaw. Unlike a bridge that is attached on the sides to a crown on either end of the artificial tooth, an implant is anchored just like a natural tooth. This gives it a more realistic look.

3. Preserve Bone Density in the Jaw.

When a tooth is missing, the jaw bone begins to atrophy. This means that it shrinks and eventually dissolves due to disuse. If the jaw bone deteriorates too much, even in one spot, it can weaken the jaw and eventually cause other teeth to become loose or shift out of their correct position.

But a dental implant, because of the way it fuses with the jaw bone, preserves the strength of the existing bone and keeps it healthy and functional for as long as the implant remains in place. Even implant supported dentures that only require a few dental implants can prevent the jaw bone from deteriorating.

4. Last for a Lifetime

When properly placed, dental implants can last for 30 years or more. This means there is a good chance that your dental implant will last for the rest of your life. It is also necessary to take good care of your implant and practice good oral hygiene habits to keep your gums and other teeth healthy. Your overall health and wellness, especially bone health, can play a part in the lifespan of your dental implant as well, so make sure you are taking care of yourself.

The Benefits of Dental Implants From Holzinger Periodontics and Dental Implants

The 4 benefits above are true of any dental implant. But when you have a dental implant placed by Holzinger Periodontics and Dental Implants, you get additional benefits. We use specialized software for guided placement of your dental implant to ensure that it goes in at precisely the right spot and angle. When your implant is placed accurately the first time, it can last for the rest of your life with no complications. Our process is the least invasive for a faster recovery time as well. 

Call (860) 347-8457 today to schedule a consultation at our Middletown office or (860) 224-0433 for our New Britain office. You can also request an appointment. We look forward to providing you with the best possible tooth replacement option.