Did you know that an estimated 3 million Americans have dental implants – and another 500,000 get one each year? That means the chances are good that you know at least one person with an implant! Implants have actually been around for over 40 years, so what accounts for their rise in popularity over just the last decade? You’ve probably heard that they’re the next best thing to your own teeth, but that’s not the only reason. Keep reading to learn about the 5 biggest advantages of implants that make them the #1 choice for patients with missing teeth!
1. They’re Durable and Long-Lasting
Dental implants can last decades with basic maintenance like brushing, flossing and regular checkups. That’s much longer than dentures, which have to be replaced an average of every 5 years.
Patients also appreciate that implants don’t require special trips to the dentist for adjustments the way dentures do.
2. The Success Rate Is High
For non-smokers, the success rate of implants is around 98%. Unfortunately, that drops to 85% for smokers because they don’t heal as well, which is important for the implant to “take” successfully.
An implant dentist will always thoroughly review your medical and dental history so they can recommend the replacement choice that’s best for you.
3. You Can Still Eat Your Favorite Foods
It’s easy to take it for granted that you can eat all your favorite foods – until you can’t anymore!
A poor diet has a major impact on a patient’s overall quality of life. And while dentures enable people to eat much better than they could without teeth, they must still give up many foods such as steak, corn on the cob, popcorn, nuts, chips and crusty bread.
One huge benefit of implants is that you can eat practically everything you ate before losing teeth.
4. Implants Maintain Your Facial Structure and Appearance
When someone loses teeth, their body begins to reabsorb their jawbone, causing the jaws to shrink over time. This is what leads to that “sunken in” appearance that people get after wearing traditional dentures for several years.
Implants are the only replacement option that prevents this from happening. Why? For one important reason: They replace the roots of missing teeth, which tricks the body into thinking that there are still teeth present.
5. They Look and Feel Natural
No other option looks and feels more like natural teeth than dental implants. Patients don’t have to worry about a denture slipping out during a conversation or having to pass up a steak dinner with friends.
In fact, the unmatched chewing strength and stability implants offer is so great that you might forget you ever lost teeth to begin with!
About the Author
Dr. Michelle Zmick has been practicing dentistry for over 35 years. In that time, she’s seen how popular implants have become because they restore her patients’ smiles so much better than other options. If you’re considering implants and have any further questions, she can be contacted via her website or at (847) 915-3080.