Why Dental Implants Are the Gold Standard for Replacing Missing Teeth

Losing a tooth is never good news, but thanks to dental implants, your dental health (and your smile) won’t skip a beat. In fact, dental implants are so successful in restoring both form and function to your mouth that the number of people getting implants has risen by 500,000 in 2020 alone. And this number is only expected to grow.

The team here at Dental Distinction, under the leadership of Dr. Mohammed Mansour, is pleased to offer dental implants, which have become the gold standard in tooth replacement.

To give you a better idea about what why millions of Americans have something to really smile about, here’s a look at just a few of the many benefits of dental implants.

Preserving your dental health 

When you lose a tooth, you lose much more than meets the eye. Below your gum line are the roots, which anchor your tooth to your jawbone. To keep your tooth stable, your jawbone continually regenerates and remodels the bone in the area, so long as it senses activity.

When you lose a tooth and its roots, your jawbone no longer registers any activity and ceases to create new bone. This bone loss is progressive and can eventually affect your neighboring teeth, causing them to loosen.

In other words, the loss of a tooth can have a domino effect in your mouth.

With a dental implant, we place a post into your jaw and your bone grows around it, fusing it into place in a process we call osseointegration. Since the implant mimics your natural tooth, right down to its roots, you won’t face the risk of bone loss.

Almost as good as the original

Since a dental implant is integrated into your jawbone, you won’t lose much in terms of strength. In fact, a dental implant offers 98% of the power of your natural tooth, compared to the 50% power that dentures offer.

High success rate

Dental implants also enjoy an extraordinarily high success rate — 95% to be exact. What this number means is that dental implants have allowed most patients to return to normal function.

A cosmetic solution

While dental implants shine in terms of functionality, they also play a valuable role in preserving your great smile. Once we place the implant and it’s stable, we place a crown over the post, and it fits in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth, allowing you to smile with confidence..

Ease of use

Other replacement options, such as dentures, often require a higher standard of care. You have to remove and clean dentures, and they need to be refitted or replaced from time to time. With a dental implant, you take care of the tooth as you do all of your others, which means brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing after meals.

Going the distance

This final benefit is a big one: Your dental implant should last a lifetime. While your crown may wear down and require replacement at some point, your implant should still be firmly anchored in your bone.

If you’d like to determine whether you’re a good candidate for a dental implant, please contact our office in Plano, Texas, to set up an appointment.

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