How Dental Implants Improve Your Oral Health as Well as Your Smile

Feb 13, 2023
How Dental Implants Improve Your Oral Health as Well as Your Smile
Dental implants promise a functional and flattering smile for a lifetime, but what sets them apart from other tooth replacement options? Explore the many benefits of dental implants in our guide.

When looking at a smile with dental implants, you wouldn’t be aware of their presence. Dental implants replace the roots of missing teeth to provide sturdy anchoring points for high-quality custom restorations like crowns, bridges, and implant-supported dentures. 

With a success rate of roughly 90-95%, dental implants prove to be a safe and satisfactory option for replacing teeth that fall out or are knocked out. Living with fewer than your original number of teeth can lead to inconveniences like jawbone deterioration, tooth misalignment, and chewing problems, so you want to talk to your dentist about replacing those missing teeth as soon as possible. 

General and cosmetic dentists Nasrin Sadeghi, DMD, and Medha Singh, BDS, DMD, MA, provide dependable dental implants and quality restorations as long-term replacements for missing adult teeth. During your treatment consultation at First Dental Associates in Reading, Massachusetts, our team helps you compare your options for tooth replacement. Many happy patients find that dental implants meet or exceed their expectations. 

If you’re thinking about dental implants for tooth replacement, consider a few of their many remarkable advantages.

Bite down with confidence

Losing one or more of your teeth changes the function of your mouth. You might find that your teeth don’t fit together as well because they’ve shifted to accommodate the new gap, or that you can’t thoroughly chew your food like you could with a full mouth of teeth. 

Dental implant surgery places the screw-like titanium devices in your jawbone before a lengthy healing period. This months-long healing span pays off because of a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration causes your jawbone to grow around the implant and irreversibly fuse with the titanium. 

Once your bone bonds with the implant, it becomes a permanent sturdy base for restorations like individual crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures. With such a strong foundation for your restoration, you can bite and chew with reasonable force. 

Enhance your appearance

Losing just one of your teeth affects your appearance by leaving a new gap in your smile, which you might attempt to hide in photos or when you meet new people. The changes to your appearance accumulate if or when you lose more teeth and can have devastating effects on your self-confidence. 

Missing many or all of your teeth can cause:

  • Facial collapse
  • Sagging cheeks
  • Increased wrinkles
  • Shifting, crooked teeth
  • A pointed chin
  • Thinning lips

By replacing your missing teeth with implant-supported dentures, bridges, or individual crowns, you can recognize yourself in mirrors and photos again. Our dentists at First Dental Associates use careful planning and design to create stunning tooth restorations that look completely natural in shape, size, and color. 

Enjoy decades of improvement

A major advantage of dental implants is that they’re in your jaw to stay. While you might need to replace a crown, bridge, or implant-supported denture eventually because of wear or breakage, you’ll never have to replace the implant itself. It’s there forever to provide support for your custom restoration. 

Having an implant in your jaw benefits the jawbone itself too by constantly stimulating the bone to keep it from undergoing bone resorption. Bone resorption weakens the bone and can leave you vulnerable to fractures, headaches, and bite changes. 

Schedule your consultation today

Dental implants can give you back your ability to chew thoroughly, speak clearly, and smile confidently. Schedule your consultation online or over the phone with First Dental Associates today.