Benefits of Dental Implants

Replacing missing teeth is crucial to protect your smile and minimize your risk of developing additional, more serious effects. The benefits of dental implants are numerous, and the treatment is considered the gold standard in tooth replacement. Compared with other restoration options, implant-supported denturesbridges, and crowns provide superior comfort and stability. Dental implants also protect your oral health and remaining teeth by preventing bone tissue from deteriorating. While an implant-supported restoration can be more expensive and require a longer treatment timeline than traditional restorations, the resulting benefits can last a lifetime.

Superior Stability

After implants are surgically placed, their structure essentially becomes part of the body. The small titanium posts fuse with the surrounding jawbone tissue during a process known as osseointegration. Then, the restoration is securely attached to the posts for a lifelike, stable, and comfortable result.

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Implants can restore your ability to eat your favorite foods and engage in life freely.

Lifelike Function and Appearance

Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots, allowing your implant-supported restorations to anchor into the jaw in the same way as healthy, natural teeth. This ensures your dental prosthetic will not loosen, wobble, slip, or slide out of place during biting, chewing, or speaking. Denture patients especially often find this newfound confidence to be nothing short of life-changing.

Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care, making them a cost-effective investment in your oral health.

Additionally, when fabricated from high-quality dental materials such as zirconia and IPS e.max®, artificial teeth can imitate the reflective qualities of tooth enamel. This allows your implant-retained prosthesis to look natural and blend seamlessly into your smile.

Improved Bone Health

Natural tooth roots move when we bite and chew. This motion stimulates the jaw and instructs the body to send calcium and phosphorus as nourishment to maintain dense, healthy bone tissue. This phenomenon is called the piezoelectric effect.

Conventional crownsbridgespartials, and dentures only replace the crowns, or visible portions, of lost teeth, so the brain is not alerted to deliver essential nutrients to the jawbone. Over time, bone density decreases due to a lack of calcium and phosphorous and the jawbone deteriorates and shrinks in size. As the jaw atrophies, a sunken facial appearance known as facial collapse can occur and the reduced tissue can threaten the stability of surrounding teeth.

Since dental implants replace tooth roots, they are the only prosthetic option that creates the piezoelectric effect. For some patients, implants can not only halt bone degeneration but even encourage new tissue development in the area.

Preservation of Healthy Teeth

In addition to protecting your jawbone, implant-supported restorations also eliminate the need to remove healthy tissue from surrounding teeth. Traditional bridges require your dentist to alter the structure of supporting teeth in order to place crowns. With an implant-supported restoration, your appliance attaches to implant posts rather than dental crowns and your healthy teeth remain intact.

Experience the Advantages

Implant-supported restorations are the next best thing to having a full set of your own healthy, natural teeth. When placed by a dentist or oral surgeon skilled in implant dentistry, the treatment can improve your health and appearance, and enhance your overall quality of life. Talk to your dentist about whether this advanced treatment option is right for you.

Dr. Christopher Burton and Dr. Jared Rasmussen

Utah Valley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

At Utah Valley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we are committed to creating the best possible experience for every patient. Dr. Christopher Burton and Dr. Jared Rasmussen provide the highest quality of care and are proud to be affiliated with:

  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Utah Dental Association

For more information about our services, contact our practice online or call (801) 224-1200 today.

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