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5 Reasons to Be Thankful for Dental Implants

November 18, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drsmoreland @ 7:31 am
Woman smiling with dental implants

The holidays are nearly here, so there is bound to be something that you are looking forward to. Whether you enjoy stringing lights around your home, singing along to the cheerful jingles, or enjoying the cuisine that the season has to offer, there is something for everyone! There are so many things to be grateful for – especially if you have dental implants. Read on to learn about all the different reasons why you should be thankful for your restoration!

Optimal Functionality

Dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone by your oral surgeon via a surgical procedure. The titanium fuses to the bone in a process called “osseointegration.” This allows for additional stability and can restore up to 90% of your natural chewing power once the healing process is complete. Other options, like dentures, can only replace up to 30% of your natural bite force.

Easy to Maintain

You don’t need to stock up on all sorts of cleaning tablets, adhesives, or special flossers in order to maintain your dental implants. All you need to do is take care of them how you would care for your natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing are pretty much all it takes. Don’t forget about visiting your dentist for cleanings and checkups every six months!

Natural Appearance

Dental implants look just like your natural teeth. No one will even be able to tell the difference! After thorough planning, implants are placed in just the right spot needed to fuse to the jawbone properly. Custom crowns are created to be the exact size, shape, and color necessary to blend in with the rest of your smile.

Long-Lasting

Dentures and bridges need to be repaired and replace every 5 to 7 years. However, dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. This means that they can last upwards of 30 years and even for the rest of your life if you are caring for them properly. With proper maintenance and regular dental visits, you may never have to worry about your missing teeth ever again!

Prevents Bone Loss

When you’re missing teeth, you will eventually be dealing with bone loss. This is because when you are missing the natural root of your missing teeth, your jawbone isn’t getting the stimulation it needs from regular chewing so the bone will begin to be reabsorbed. When the bone shrinks, you are likely to end up looking much older than you actually are. Currently, dental implants are the only tooth replacement option out there that maintain the integrity of the jawbone and prevent bone loss by replacing the missing root of the tooth.

When reminiscing on all of the things you’re grateful for this holiday season, don’t forget about your dental implants. Thanks to them, you have your smile back!

About the Author

Dr. Stewart Moreland is an experience oral surgeon who has been working in the field for over three decades. He earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Washington University in St. Louis and achieved his Diplomate status from the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Additionally, he’s served as a State Examiner for the Missouri Dental Board specialty licensing examination in oral and maxillofacial surgery since 1995. For more information on dental implants or to schedule a consultation at his office in St. Louis, visit his website or call (314) 569-1012.

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