What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a device that resembles a singular tooth or group of teeth. It remains secure without slipping or sliding because it is placed within the bone of the jaw. While dental implants are a surgical procedure, having the expert dental care of the professionals at Treasured Smiles Adult and Cosmetic Dentistry helps make this procedure a viable option for missing teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants Over Dentures
One of the biggest advantages of an implant is that it restores full chewing power. Most patients can’t tell the difference between their natural teeth and the implant tooth. They can eat completely normally and notice no change to their bite or normal chewing patterns. The same cannot be said for dentures, which lessen your chewing power considerably, and can lead to sliding when eating.
Cleaning teeth with dental implants is essentially the same as it always was. You don’t need to remove implants, like you do with dentures, when cleaning your implants. No cleaning solutions, no adhesives, simply brush and floss like normal.
The jawbone requires high-pressure chewing in order to keep its bone density and normal shape. Dental implants stimulate the bones of the jaw, preventing bone loss. With dentures, your chewing power is reduced, so you do not stimulate the jawbone as much as you could with dental implants. This can lead to a sagging look in the jaw. But, with dental implants, this is not a problem since your chewing remains at full power.
Benefits of Dental Implants Over Bridges
Dental implants are an economic solution to missing teeth. Unlike dental bridges, which require the alteration of healthy teeth to support the bridge replacing the missing tooth, dental implants simply replace the missing tooth without altering or affecting surrounding teeth. So, if you’ve only got one or two missing teeth, dental implants can be a better solution.
Alternatives to Dental Implants
Dental implants are a great solution to missing teeth when you’ve only got a few teeth to replace. But what if you’re struggling with several missing teeth or almost your entire mouth? You can, of course, still choose to get dental implants, but the cost of implants for that many teeth gets expensive and requires multiple surgeries.
Luckily, at Treasured Smiles Adult and Cosmetic Dentistry, we have the perfect solution: All-on-4.
With an All-on-4 procedure, our dentists install four dental implants in your mouth. After the implants are in place, the dentist uses them to anchor a set of dentures in your mouth. The use of dentures and a few implants rather than numerous dental implants brings the cost of getting new teeth down by thousands of dollars. All-on-4 implants make getting new, high-quality teeth financially feasible, providing a balance of accessibility and stability for those missing several teeth.
Get Your Dental Implant Consultation Today
Contact Treasured Smiles Adult and Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule your dental implant consultation. Call us at 815-426-0016 to discover what dental implant options work best for you, so we can help keep your smile looking great!