Tooth loss is, unfortunately, a problem many people may face in their life. In the past, dentures were the only option to replace missing teeth. However, today, dental implants are a fine option for anybody who is looking for a way to replace missing teeth without experiencing the discomfort and hassle of dentures. Affinity Dental Associates is proud to offer dental implants and the significant benefits that come with them to our patients in the Baltimore metropolitan area.
What Are Dental Implants?
If you are curious as to what exactly dental implants are, the implant is a synthetic artificial tooth root. The implant is anchored into your jaw to provide a stable foundation for a replacement crown or bridge. A biological bond forms with the implant, which gives your crown a significantly more stable foundation, similar to a natural root.
Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, and they don’t rely on the surrounding teeth for support. They can be made from a variety of metallic or bone-like ceramic materials. They can be placed directly into the jawbone, or if the jaw structure is limited, the implant can be placed using a custom metal framework.
Dental Implants Help Preserve Remaining Healthy Teeth
The common option for replacing missing teeth when healthy teeth are remaining is to install a fixed bridge. However, this installation requires the alteration of healthy teeth by filing them down to fit into crowns that anchor the bridge. This alteration can make healthy teeth weaker and vulnerable to decay. Implants enable us to leave your healthy teeth alone while still providing you with longer-lasting, fully-functional teeth replacements.
Dental Implants Have a High Success Rate
Dental implants have a success rate of about 95 to 98 percent, and implants have been attracting satisfied patients for more than 30 years.
Implants Prevent Bone Loss
Dental implants, unlike fixed bridges, can preserve the health of your jawbone. When a tooth is lost, the bone in the area of the jaw begins to atrophy because the jawbone is not receiving stimulation.
Implants, however, replace the roots of the missing teeth, which mimics their stimulation of the jawbone. This stimulation then prevents further jawbone deterioration.
Implants Are Less Expensive in the Long Run
Dental implants are often a relatively expensive procedure upfront and can be a significant investment to pay either at once or in installments. However, this is usually a one-time cost. With proper care, dental implants don’t require more upkeep or replacement than healthy teeth would.
Other tooth replacement options, although cheaper upfront, require further attention or replacement throughout your lifetime. Because of this, choosing dental implants will save you expenses in the future.
Implants Make Eating Easier
Chewing with dental implants is essentially the same as chewing with your natural teeth. Dentures and other dental treatment options come with many eating restrictions, but dental implants do not bar you from eating chewy or crunchy foods, for instance.
Keep Your Smile Healthy with Affinity
Affinity Dental, located in Catonsville, MD, has six dentists and provides a variety of services from pediatric dentistry to orthodontics. Affinity Dental is capable of meeting all your needs. With 170 combined years of treating a variety of dental needs, Affinity is committed to providing quality dental care. To get your teeth back into good health and make your smile bright, call us at 410-719-7900 or contact us online. For other useful tips on dental care follow us on Facebook and Twitter.