mature woman leaning over back of a chair and smilingNot many people understand just how different dental implants are from other tooth replacements. Our Anchorage implant dentists regularly explain why it’s better to get dental implants than dentures or bridges.

If you understand the benefits of dental implants, you’ll see why dental implants are growing in popularity here in Anchorage.

1. Dental Implants Let You Bite and Chew Normally

One of the most important benefits of dental implants is that they let you keep eating a full range of nutritious foods. Dental implants are as effective at biting and chewing as natural teeth because dental implants are anchored in the bones, giving you essentially the full bite force of natural teeth.

Whether you’re using implants to replace just one tooth or an entire arch of teeth, you can eat all the foods you used to eat with your natural teeth.

2. Dental Implants Let You Speak Clearly

Dentures that aren’t anchored to your bone can slip around when speaking. This makes it hard to speak clearly. To clearly make all speech sounds, your tongue must sometimes press against your teeth, and if your teeth aren’t stable, it can interfere with your speech.

Dental implants hold firm, letting you speak as clearly as you did with natural teeth.

3.Dental Implants Look Natural

Dental implants are the most natural-looking tooth replacement option. Dentures have a base usually made of plastic or metal, which doesn’t look as natural as natural teeth. Plus, they slide out of place. Dental bridges can look natural, but they don’t descend into the gums and bones. Receding gums can create a gap under the bridge, revealing that it’s not a natural tooth.

On the other hand, dental implants sink into the bone, just like natural teeth.

4. Dental Implants Feel Natural

Dentures sit on your gums. This is very different from your natural teeth, and it feels different. Often painful because your gums aren’t strong enough to handle bite forces. Over time, your gums toughen up, but they are never as strong as bone, so it’s possible to feel denture discomfort for years.

Dental implants attach to your bone, similar to how natural teeth function. Your dental implants feel much like natural teeth when you’re biting and chewing.

5. Dental Implants Preserve Bone Mass

The bone in our jaw works incredibly hard. Although it continually takes a beating, it can regenerate itself using stem cells. This happens when teeth continually stimulate the jaw bone, causing the healing process to begin. However, when we lose teeth, that stimulation disappears, and the jawbone slowly loses mass. If this goes on long enough, it can create a sunken look in the cheeks and weaken the surrounding teeth.

Dental implants consist of two main components, the titanium implant and the crown. First, the titanium implant is inserted into the jaw bone and allowed to heal. Through a process known as osseointegration, the jaw bone and surrounding tissue fuses to the implant and creates a bond that functions in much the same way as a natural tooth root. After that, your Anchorage dentist will connect a restoration, like a dental crown, to the implant.

Due to their similarity to our natural tooth roots, dental implants can stimulate the jaw to heal itself in the same way. This allows you to preserve bone mass easily and protect your other teeth.

6. Dental Implants Support Themselves

If you aren’t replacing a full set of teeth, it’s normal for tooth replacements to rely on your natural teeth for support. Whether we’re talking about removable partial dentures or a dental bridge, the replacement teeth depend on the strength of natural teeth for support and security. Unfortunately, this increases the risk of losing those natural teeth.

Dental implants support themselves and don’t impact your remaining teeth. Often, they help support those teeth and preserve them.

7. Dental Implants Replace Any Number of Teeth

It’s easy to replace a single tooth with a dental implant. On the other hand, your Anchorage implant dentist can replace all the teeth in your mouth with as few as eight dental implants using the All-On-4 implant system. Anything in between is just as easy to achieve as well.

8. Dental Implants Improve Quality of Life

Dental implants aren’t just an aesthetic improvement but a functional one. Not only can they increase self-confidence, but they can make it easier to eat the same diet, speak, and continue with your normal routine with the confidence that your dental implants will last. That’s because they carry a 98 percent success rate. And if you avoid complications like gum disease,  dental implants can last a lifetime.

9. Dental Implants Don’t Require Special Attention

Unlike other tooth loss treatments like traditional dentures, dental implants don’t require any special attention on your part. Simply maintaining a steady oral hygiene routine is sufficient. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and the leading cause of implant complications. To avoid further tooth loss or periodontal disease, the American Dental Association suggests brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting your Anchorage dentist every six months for a cleaning. Doing this will not only benefit your dental implants, but it will also benefit your mouth, as well.

10.Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime

If you take care of your dental implants as you should, there’s no reason why they can’t last you a lifetime. Multiple studies confirm that dental implants can easily last more than 20 years. Some studies confirm that 30 years is not unreasonable for dental implants. There are even individual accounts of implants that last 50 years or more.

There seems to be no scientific reason to believe that implants can’t last as long as you take care of them. However, we should note that the bridge or crowns on top of implants might only last 10-30 years.

Get the Benefits of Implants in Anchorage

Do you want to learn how dental implants can help you? Please call (907) 349-0022 or contact us today for an appointment with an Anchorage implant dentist at Excellence in Dentistry, located at the corner of O’Malley and Old Seward Highway in South Anchorage.