Do you wear dentures or have missing teeth? Dentures, partials and bridges have helped millions of people to restore function and appearance after natural teeth are lost, but today there is a better way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are permanent teeth replacements that can last a lifetime. They are superior to other teeth replacements for three main reasons.

1. Dental implants are very natural looking

The crowns that are attached permanently to dental implants can create very natural-looking teeth. Dentures and bridges can look very natural too, but because implants are secure and don’t slip, their fit does not change as the years pass. The most important way that implants keep you looking better is by ensuring that your jaw bones remain healthy. When you wear dentures or bridges, which don’t replace your tooth roots, your jaws and facial bones begin to shrink, which causes a sagging look to your face. by replacing the missing tooth’s root, dental implants help to maintain your facial bone structure to prevent a prematurely aged look.

2. Dental implants are secure

Dental implants are made of titanium, one of the strongest metals in the world. They are surgically implanted and become a permanent part of your jaw when they fuse to your jaw bones. This means that the crowns or artificial teeth attached to the implants won’t move; they stay secure just like natural teeth.

3. Dental implants are easy to care for and can be more cost effective over the long term

When you wear dentures, you have to buy special cleaners, brushes and adhesives for them. Dental implants are cleaned with a toothbrush and toothpaste the way you clean natural teeth. Dentures usually need to be relined or completely replaced every several years, which makes costs add up. While implants usually cost more at the outset, over time they may actually save you money on associated products, repairs and replacement.

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If you currently have false teeth or bridgework, you may be able to get implants as an alternative to dentures or bridges. Implants are more likely to be successful if you have enough bone under your gums to support them. If you do not, there are alternatives like implant supported dentures that may work for you.

If you would like to learn more about dental implants and why they are the best way to replace missing teeth, call our Chicago dentist now for a consultation appointment.

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