While dental implants are one of the more effective restorative and cosmetic options available, the procedure itself requires a significant investment because it is often not covered by insurance plans. When our dentists recommend implants, many patients wonder why this treatment is preferable to the traditional restorations their insurance covers. Dental implants are highly advantageous for a few different reasons, and knowing these can help you decide whether they are the right treatment for you.
Stability and Utility
Traditional dentures tend to slip out of place. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it also reduces the utility of your new teeth. You will not be able to generate as much bite force with the dentures due to this frequent slippage, and you may have to face dietary restrictions as a result.
On the other hand, implant-supported dentures have a level of stability second only to your natural teeth. The titanium rods that form the foundation of an implant serve as artificial tooth roots, granting the increased security that traditional dentures lack. With dental implants, you can eat almost anything you normally would.
Preserve Remaining Teeth
Another benefit of having artificial tooth roots is that a bridge or denture is able to be supported independently of existing teeth in the smile.
Traditional restorations utilize your remaining, healthy teeth to stay stable. Bridges include crowns that are placed over two nearby teeth, anchoring the replacement teeth. Partial dentures are held in position by clasps that wrap around the remaining teeth in the smile. Unfortunately, these crowns and clasps can wear down the teeth they are in contact with, leading to further tooth loss and premature replacement of these same restorations.
Dental implants provide enough support for bridges and dentures that there is no need to affect any natural teeth, preserving your smile when restoring it.
Despite their value as restorative options, dental implants and their restorations are considered cosmetic dental procedures. This is because they are more cosmetically beneficial than their traditional counterparts.
Partials and bridges often use a metal base for resiliency, which causes their prosthetic nature to be very noticeable. Additionally, partial dentures are made of acrylic, which matches the color without copying the texture of natural teeth. By contrast, the porcelain restorations used for dental implants completely conceal the only metal component—the post—and are a much closer visual match to a genuine smile.
Contact Us for Dental Implants
Meslin Pediatric & Family Dentistry provides dental implant restorations in Wallingford, Meriden, Cheshire, and the surrounding communities. We coordinate care with an oral surgeon for placing your implants and then complete the process at our Yalesville office. For more information about our options for cosmetically restorative care, call us and schedule your next appointment today!