Is it possible that dental implants are actually better than our natural teeth? Though surprising, in many ways the answer is yes. In general, we always want to save natural teeth that have become damaged. There are circumstances, however, when removing the infected tooth and replacing it with an implant may be the better option.
Due to the materials that comprise dental implants, and the ways in which they function inside our mouths, often they can help us maintain good oral health.
Implants Don’t Decay
Advanced tooth decay is one of the most common reasons a tooth needs an overhaul such as a root canal, build-up, and cap. Most teeth can be successfully treated. The problem is that the root of the tooth is still susceptible to decay in the future. This is especially true if a patient has poor enamel, eats excessive sugar, has dry mouth due to other medical conditions, or is simply more genetically inclined to tooth decay due to specific bacteria present in their mouth.
The dental crown on top of a dental implant isn’t vulnerable to acidic attack by oral bacteria. The root of dental implants is surgical grade titanium that has been fused (osseointegration) to the jaw bone. It’s also not vulnerable to acidic attack.
They Help Bone Density
Tooth loss doesn’t only create gaps in our smile but can actually damage our surrounding teeth. The jawbone requires stimulation to retain it’s shape and density, and the regular movement of teeth encourages it to replenish itself. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone can lose its stability, causing teeth to shift, affecting even that shape of our cheeks.
And infected tooth can also contribute to the presence of bacteria that attack the bone around the teeth.
When infected teeth are removed, the jawbone can begin to heal. Because dental implants mimic the tooth root, the jawbone will again receive the stimulation it needs to begin regenerating itself.
They Last a Lifetime
Dental implants have two main components: (1) Surgical-grade Titanium, and (2) High-Quality Porcelain. When cared for properly, dental implants can last a lifetime. Studies up to 30 years in length have shown up to a 100% survival rate for implants. Other large studies show that over 90% of implants last more than 20 years.
Are You a Candidate For Dental Implant Surgery?
Dental implants require minor oral surgery, and candidates must be in good general health. The best way to determine whether dental implants are right for you is to schedule an appointment and speak with your dentist. By thoroughly discussing your history, your dentist will be able to provide a treatment plan that specifically fits your needs.
If you’d like to discuss whether dental implants are a good option for you in Westchester County, please contact us today for an appointment at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake.