If you’ve lost a tooth or two over the years, you have more options than ever to fill the gaps in your smile. As an alternative to traditional methods, over 500,000 people every year are choosing dental implants to treat their tooth loss. However, they can cost more upfront, which might make you wonder if they are really worth the investment. Yes! Here are 5 reasons dental implants are worth every penny.
1. Look and Feel Natural
A dental implant is unique from any other treatment because it replaces both the root and the crown. A titanium post is surgically inserted into your jaw to serve as a new root, which will support your custom-made restoration that’s attached using an abundant.
Your new tooth will have the support of your jawbone with the implant hidden below your gum tissue. Only a trained dental professional will know it is not a natural tooth.
2. Maintain Your Facial Shape
Losing even one tooth can cause your jaw to shrink because it is no longer being stimulated by the root. You can lose up to 25% of your jaw’s density within the first year of missing a tooth, which will continue to decrease as more time passes.
Replacing the root with an implant stimulates your jaw to keep it strong and healthy. As a result, it will preserve the shape of your face to help you avoid premature wrinkles, sagging skin, or a sunken appearance.
3. Improve Your Oral Health
A weak jawbone increases your risk of certain oral health issues related to tooth loss, like cavities and gum disease. By keeping your jaw strong and healthy, you’ll stop dental drift to lessen your risk of preventable oral health problems.
4. Reduce Your Dental Expenses
Improving your oral health will reduce the likelihood of needing costly procedures to treat issues caused by missing teeth. As a result, you will lower your long-term oral health expenses. While dental implants may cost more initially, you can save money down the road.
5. Never Need to Be Replaced
Unlike traditional treatments, dental implants have a lifespan of 30 years or longer. With over a 95% success rate, you will never need to budget for replacements with the right aftercare, like brushing and flossing. Eventually, dental implants can pay for themselves.
The benefits of dental implants are truly priceless. You’ll invest in a permanent solution to replace your missing teeth using a method that closely mimics your natural smile. Dental implants will boost your self-esteem and give you peace of mind, giving you more reasons to smile.
About Dr. Tommy Murph
Dr. Murph earned his dental degree at the Medical University of South Carolina and has regularly continued his education in specialty services, including dental implants. He is a proud member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. If you’re ready to replace your lost teeth, request an appointment through our website or call (843) 428-0231.