The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are not as new a technology as many believe. They have been around for decades, but have only recently been perfected to the point that they can be offered to the patients and guarantee a high rate of success. Currently, dental implants have a stunning 95-98 % success rate, making them a perfect solution for many. The many benefits of dental implants make them one of the best treatment options, and Ballston Dental offers implant dentistry in our Ballston Spa, NY office.
Dental implants are an effective way of replacing a lost tooth, but they are more than just a surface replacement. They actually include a post that is surgically inserted into the jaw and gum, and a crown that has the appearance of a natural tooth. The benefits of dental implants can be seen immediately, once you know they are actually inserted into the jaw.
Why? Because the jaw and gum tissue know when a tooth has been lost. This causes them to recede or shrink. This then allows the remaining teeth to shift or move, misaligning the bite, and this can cause a whole list of troubles. From uneven teeth wear and breakage to TMJ, headache, and other dental damage, a misaligned bite can be avoided with the use of implants.
Preventing the recession of jaw and gum tissue is also important because the benefits of dental implants also include that they can serve well as anchors. What this means is that by inserting just two to four implants in the upper or lower jaw that has lost most of its teeth, the tissue ceases to recede. You can then use these anchors for dentures that enable full functionality.
Of course, the benefits of dental implants also include the purely esthetic benefits. As any implant dentist would agree, the use of implants helps to retain the facial structure. The support to the jaw and gum tissue is only part of it, and there is also the matter of the actual facial muscles. These respond best to the pressures of the teeth inside of the mouth. When you wear dentures and remove them at night or you leave large gaps of missing teeth in the mouth, your face begins to sag into that opening. This leaves you looking older and less healthy.
Clearly, there are many benefits of dental implants, and with their success rate, it is a perfect time to explore them as an option. If you have questions about dental implants, or wish to discuss this with Thomas Pray DDS, give us a call at our Ballston Spa, NY office at 518-885-8321. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.