Dental implants are the breakthrough that has revolutionized the question of how best to replace missing teeth.

Implants have a host of advantages over dentures and dental bridges. Here are seven reasons why people in the Punta Gorda, FL are should consider dental implants from Smiles of Punta Gorda to replace one or more missing teeth.

Dental Implants Won’t Move, Shift, or Fall Out

Dental implants consist of the implants themselves – small titanium screws that are inserted into, and fuse with the underlying bone – and the restoration, which can be a single crown, a bridge, or an implant supported or implant-retained denture.

Because the restorations are firmly attached to the anchored dental implants, everything stays exactly where it should. This is great news for denture-wearers, who have to contend with dentures slipping, sliding, or even popping out unexpectedly. With dental implants, that simply doesn’t happen.

High Durability

A dental implant is extremely long-lasting. To be sure, dental restorations do wear and will likely have to be replaced at some point. This is also true of traditional dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. But the implant itself should last for decades, if not for the rest of your life, with proper oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings and examinations.

Healthy Bone

The bone that supports your upper and lower teeth needs the stimulation from chewing to remain healthy. Bone loss begins as soon as a tooth is extracted or falls out because the pressure of chewing isn’t transmitted through the now-missing tooth root to stimulate the bone.

Dental implants function as replacement tooth roots, keeping your bone strong and healthy.

Comfort And Convenience

Dental implants and restorations fit, feel, look, and function just like your natural teeth. It’s common for patients at our Punta Gorda, FL office who have a single implant to forget which tooth is the replacement!

If you’re considering a dental bridge, you’ll discover that a particular flossing technique is necessary to clean around the bridge. There are no extra dental hygiene considerations with implants.

Natural Appearance

Today’s implant restorations are completely lifelike and appear completely natural to observers. You can laugh freely and smile with complete confidence.

Get Your Full Bite Strength Back

Dentures return about 20 percent of your original bite strength. That means being careful in biting into foods and a lot of extra chewing. Dental implants return at least 90 percent of your chewing power meaning that you can eat like you did before, or even better.

Eat What You Want And Enjoy It

Upper dentures have a plate that covers the roof the mouth. That deprives the taste buds in your palate of sensation and diminishes the taste of your food. Upper implant-supported or implant-retained dentures don’t have that plate. You’ll enjoy tasting all the foods you love just like you used to.

Are Dental Implants The Right Solution For You?

Everyone’s situation is different, but dental implants work for the vast majority of people. There are some considerations, the most important of which is the strength, density, and thickness of the bone. Only an experienced dentist can determine whether implants are the right choice for you.

Make an appointment for an implant consultation with Dr. Jeremy Martin of Smile of Punta Gorda, Punta Gorda, FL. Call our office today at 941-585-0424.