The Importance of Dental Implants

By Cary J. Limberakis, DMD
April 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants keep your smile whole and healthy. Jenkintown, PA, dentists, Drs. Cary and Jonathan Limberakis, explain how dental dental implantsimplants can strengthen and improve your smile.

Implants provide a strong foundation

Implants are just one part of your replacement tooth, but they're probably the most important part. Although the crown attached to the implant is the only visible part of your new tooth, it wouldn't function well if it wasn't held firmly in place by the implant. Implants offer superior stability because they're made of titanium, a metal that bonds to your jawbone.

Since your dental implant is firmly anchored in the bone, it won't slip or shift when you bite into a crust of bread at your favorite Jenkintown restaurant. Slipping, a problem that can occur with poorly fitting bridges or dentures, causes irritation that may making eating uncomfortable. Fortunately, irritation isn't a problem when you choose dental implants. In fact, implants are regarded as the most comfortable tooth replacement option.

Dental implants improve your appearance

Self-esteem tends to drops after tooth loss, especially if you've lost many teeth. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants can have a significant impact on your self-confidence and your willingness to participate in social events. In addition to improving your appearance immediately, dental implants can also prevent future problems. When one or more of your teeth disappear, surrounding teeth may begin to shift. Although you won't notice a change immediately, your teeth may eventually start to overlap. Crooked or overlapping teeth will not only affect your appearance, but may also change your bite. Opting for a dental implant soon after you lose a tooth can help you avoid changes in the alignment of your teeth.

Implants may actually be the least expensive option

If you're torn between bridges, dentures and dental implants, have you considered the long-term costs of all three options? Most restorations must be replaced every five or 10 years, but not dental implants. If you take care of them by brushing and flossing daily, you can expect them to last your entire lifetime. A realistic cost comparison can help you make this important decision.

Would you like to improve your smile with dental implants? Call Jenkintown, PA, dentists, Drs. Cary and Jonathan Limberakis, at (215) 886-8866 to schedule an appointment.

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