Dental implants are probably the most exciting advance in modern dentistry. Basically, dental implants allow you to get replacement teeth that are almost as good as your natural teeth. Dental implants look beautiful, allow you to eat all your favorite foods, require no special care, and can last a lifetime. We know, it sounds too good to be true, but in this page we’ll help you understand what makes dental implants such a great advance.
If you would rather talk to us in person about dental implants in Orange County, please call (949) 551-5902 or email Rice Dentistry today for an appointment with an Irvine implant dentist.
The Best-Looking Tooth Replacement Option
Dental implants have the benefit of being the most natural-looking tooth replacement option. They are self-supporting, so there’s no attachment to neighboring teeth or a plastic support to give them away.
Instead, dental implants can snuggle in among your natural gum tissue, even retaining the small papillae around them, the parts of your gums that rise up between your teeth.
The dental crown is made of a ceramic that artfully mimics the color and translucency of your natural teeth. The only possible problem is for people who have thin or highly translucent gums that can show the gray dental implant root. But if this is you, we can use metal-free dental implants that more precisely mimic the color of your natural tooth root.
Dental Implants Support Themselves
Another benefit of dental implants is that they support themselves and don’t need to rely on neighboring teeth for help staying in place. A partial denture uses hooks and clasps that can wear on neighboring teeth and can lead to cavities there.
A dental bridge is attached to dental crowns that are placed over neighboring teeth. This creates a strong unit, but it also weakens the teeth that are used to support the dental bridge, and sometimes it can even cause a formerly healthy tooth to fail.
But dental implants are attached to your jawbone, similar to the way natural teeth are. This means they have their own support. This has the benefit of distributing force evenly in the mouth so you don’t lose any biting force—and don’t put your remaining teeth in Jeopardy.
Being secure in your jawbone means you can continue to enjoy all the foods you liked before. There are no diet restrictions if you have dental implants.
A side benefit of supporting themselves is that dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that stimulates your jawbone. Normally, your body will remove jawbone once the tooth it supports is gone. Loss of bone in the jaw can cause a visible collapse in the gums under a partial denture or dental bridge. It can also affect your facial appearance and put you at risk for jawbone fracture.
A Lifetime of Benefits
Because dental implants stimulate your body to maintain the bone in your jaw, they remain firmly anchored for a long time. The first dental implants ever placed remained in place for four decades before the man died—his implants still in place and still functional. This is not unusual, as dental implants regularly stay in place for three decades or more. Sometimes, they might need to have the dental crown on top replaced once or twice, but with proper care, they should be good.
And that’s another benefit of dental implants. For them, “proper care” just means doing the same things you were supposed to do with your natural teeth. Just brush, floss, and see the dentist regularly.
If you would like to learn more about dental implant benefits in Orange County, please contact Rice Dentistry in Irvine for an appointment.