Dental implants do much more than just improve your appearance. Dr. Angela Toy, your Newberg, OR dentist at Arbor Hills Dental, shares information on several long-term benefits of dental implants.
Dental implants save you money in the long-run
Dental implants may seem a little expensive initially, but if you compare the lifetime cost of implants to those of bridges or dentures, you will probably discover that implants are the most cost effective choice. Because implants actually become part of your jawbone, you'll probably never need to replace them. Dentures and bridges eventually wear out and may need to be replaced multiple times.
Implants prevent additional tooth loss
Jawbone loss is an unfortunate consequence after you lose a tooth. Without the tooth root to provide stimulation, the area of the bone underneath the missing tooth begins to recede. As the years go by, bone loss can worsen, particularly if you've lost more than one tooth. A shrinking jawbone can lead to facial sagging and even cause additional bone loss if it becomes so weak that it can't adequately support your teeth. Since dental implants permanently replace your roots, they offer the same strengthening benefits for your jawbone.
Dental implants can prevent shifting teeth
After the loss of a tooth, nearby teeth gradually begin to shift toward the opening. Drifting teeth can cause:
- Cosmetic Issues: When your previous straight teeth begin to overlap, you may feel self-conscious about your smile.
- Bite Problems: Bite problems occur when your teeth don't fit together perfectly. These issues can cause enamel erosion, jaw pain, difficulty chewing and headaches.
- Oral Hygiene Issues: Overlapping teeth are more difficult to clean. If toothbrush bristles or floss can't reach those areas, plaque and tartar can build up and cause tooth decay. When you choose a dental implant, you won't have to worry about shifting teeth and all of the problems that can occur.
Dental implants are an excellent long-term tooth replacement option. If you're interested in learning more about implants, call Dr. Angela Toy, your Newberg, OR dentist at Arbor Hills Dental at (503) 538-2143.