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Posted by Toni on Aug 7, 2017

Fast Facts: Dental Implants

If you have lost a tooth or several teeth because of an accident, poor oral hygiene, or a medical condition, you may think that it is over for your oral health. But frankly, it is not. There are alternatives out there, such as dental implants.

There are three main types of implants – the root implant, plate form implant, and the subperiosteal implant, and the implant for you may depend on many factors, like the condition of your jaw. But they have one goal in mind – restoring your mouth.

Dental implants act like natural teeth. That is perhaps the most important fact about implants. They function like normal teeth, without the risk of tooth decay and other oral problems. Also, like normal teeth, they prevent the complications that may arise from having a gap between your jaw.

Dental implants prevent bone loss. Speaking of the gap between your jaw in the event of missing a tooth, it can lead to the loss of bone density and jaw strength, because the jaw is designed to accommodate teeth. Implants prevent those things from happening, but you cannot say the same for other alternatives like dentures.

Dental implants are more comfortable than dentures. Another alternative for missing teeth is dentures, but they are disadvantageous when compared to dental implants. Aside from not preventing bone loss and jaw weakness, dentures are also not comfortable, as you may need to remove them from time to time, especially when cleaning them. Implants, on the other hand, do not need to be removed, as they act like natural teeth.

Dental implants do not affect your eating habits. Another disadvantage of dentures is that they may make it difficult to eat certain foods, so those who have dentures have the tendency to avoid certain dishes. But with dental implants, you will not need to adjust your eating habits. In fact, you may have more food variety because implants are not going to decay like normal teeth, especially if you visit your dentist regularly for maintenance.

Dental implants stay in place. The good thing about dental implants is that they are attached to the jawbone, and when healed, they are effectively integrated to the bone. This means that they stay in place, again, like natural teeth. You will never worry about them being misplaced, like how dentures can be even by just talking or eating. 

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