You've probably heard of dental implants as a way to replace natural teeth that have fallen out or been extracted. But do you know why they're the preferred restoration of both dentists and patients alike? Dr. Steve Yi, your dentist at El Paso Viva Dental in El Paso, TX, has listed a few of the reasons why dental implants are so beneficial to not only a person's appearance, but their oral health as well.
Dentures replace the look and function of teeth, allowing you to feel comfortable about your appearance and chew more effectively, but they have their limitations. Certain foods are difficult to bite or chew while wearing dentures because they can shift out of place. Even talking can cause slippage of dentures. But dental implants from your El Paso dentist are firmly secured in the jawbone by their posts, giving you stability like no other dental restoration.
All tooth replacements have the benefit of being impervious to decay. But almost all of them - fillings, crowns, bridges, and dentures - are temporary and will eventually require adjustment, repair, or replacement in order to retain function. Dentures also need to be removed frequently for cleaning. As high-tech as dental implants are, they are a low-maintenance restoration, requiring no removal or adjustment from your dentist. They can last for decades, even a lifetime, with normal dental hygiene and checkups from Dr. Yi.
When you choose dental implants, you're not only replacing your missing natural teeth. With the posts in place, you're also giving your jawbone the stimulation it needs to continue regenerating. A natural tooth's roots move very slightly with every bite you take, which keeps the jawbone healthy and active. Missing teeth means that the jawbone will deteriorate over time, which detracts from your appearance due to sagging muscles and can make fitting dental restorations more difficult.
If you need to replace one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants are an excellent choice. Contact El Paso Viva Dental in El Paso, TX today to schedule an consultation with Dr. Yi.