Advantages of Dental Implants
There is nothing as perfect for you as your natural teeth. However, due to gum disease, accidents or other problems, some adults lose one or more natural teeth during their lifetimes.
There are several options for replacing teeth. However, it is important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible to prevent neighboring teeth from shifting. When teeth move out of proper alignment, it can lead to broken, chipped, fractured or worn teeth. Additionally, misaligned teeth can cause strain on the TMJ joints. This can result in frequent headaches, migraines, ear ringing, sore jaw joints, painful facial muscles, dizziness or jaw popping.
A crown-&-bridge can replace one or several teeth in one area by using natural teeth on each side to support the bridge. A partial denture can also replace teeth by using a framework that attaches to adjacent teeth.
The problem with these tooth replacement options, however, is what they don’t replace beneath the gums.
You see, a natural tooth root helps to nourish and stimulate the jaw bone that once held the roots. Without this, the bone begins to shrink, or ‘resorb.’ Bone resorption is what causes changes in facial appearance, including deep wrinkles around the mouth, a mouth that appears sunken in, a pointed chin and jowls that form when facial muscles detach from declining bone.
This is where Dental Implants have an edge over other tooth replacement options.
Because implants are held in the jaw bone, they recreate stimulation to the jaw bone. This halts the process of bone resorption while restoring stable, dependable biting and chewing. And, because Dental Implants are designed to last a lifetime, they make an excellent investment. With proper care, they will never need a root canal, decay or need replacement.
Ultimately, each patient must decide which tooth replacement option is best. However, we believe that once patients have all the facts as to what takes place above AND below the gums, the decision becomes much easier.
If you’ve lost natural teeth and would like to discuss Dental Implants, call 219-987-5733 to request a free consultation. We can also discuss easy payment options that can fit most any budget.