Dental implants are the most advanced, effective way to replace teeth. This is a permanent fix that avoids all the embarrassing slip-ups and fall-outs associated with removable dentures. You won’t have to worry about the embarrassment of having your true toothless-ness being revealed: dental implants look and feel like real teeth.
Technically, the implant is not the part that looks like a tooth, but rather a small, titanium screw-like surgical component that interfaces with the jaw for lower teeth and the skull for upper teeth. The implant supports a prosthetic: this is the part that looks like a tooth.
There are more reasons to get dental implants than just the obvious benefit than not having to deal with the constant hassle of taking your teeth in and out of your mouth. One benefit is that dental implants are better for your bones.
Your jawbone is accustomed to supporting teeth. When you lose teeth, the jawbone deteriorates. Removable dentures simply cover the problem and let the jawbone crumble away, leading to an elderly sunken-mouth look. Dental implants stimulate your jawbone, so you can maintain a strong and youthful profile.
If removable dentures feel unnatural, it’s because they are. Your mouth wasn’t made to house a clunky set of false teeth. Removable dentures can be uncomfortable, especially when you’re eating. They can also make some words difficult to pronounce. These issues are not present with dental implants.
Dental implants aren’t only better than false teeth: they offer advantages over bridges, too. Bridges require one of both of the neighboring natural teeth to be filed down to fit in the bridge. So, for bridges, you have to damage your natural teeth in order to replace your missing teeth. Unlike bridges, the process of installing dental implants does not require the health of your remaining natural teeth to be adversely affected.