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Three Ways that Dental Implants Serve Your Smile

By: | Friday, December 15th, 2017 | Dental Implants

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Dental Implants BURKE, VATo lose a tooth has historically meant to lose full function for biting, chewing, and speaking. Depending on the extent of tooth loss and the area in the mouth that has been affected, there is also a cosmetic component to live with. Fortunately, we don’t have to “live with” any of the consequences of tooth loss anymore. We’ve now got viable treatments that put teeth back where they belong.

Dentures and bridges have served us well throughout the years. However, they are not without limitations. In recent years, more people have begun turning to dental implants to get back what was lost along with a natural tooth or teeth. There are several personal reasons why dental implants may be chosen for restorative purposes. What we find, though, is that all of these reasons come down to three specific benefits.


Teeth are present in the mouth for a specific purpose or set of purposes. Teeth need to be stable to fulfill their function in the mouth, which is primarily to break apart food. Teeth also butt up to one another to support alignment and a nice aesthetic. Even the roots of teeth are necessary for ultimate oral health, aiding in the regeneration of bone tissue beneath the surface so teeth can be secure for many decades. One of the notable advantages of dental implants is that they act so much like natural structure that they meet all of these goals.


When dentures are used for tooth replacement, there is a need for routine maintenance that consists of periodic adjustments for fit. This is because a standard denture has no impact on the bone in the jaw. Without structures within the jawbone, natural or man-made, the bone will deteriorate. When implants are inserted into the bone, they gradually become encased. This integration secures them for life.


Natural teeth need to be brushed and flossed daily to stay healthy and optimally functional. To replace the natural structure in the best possible way means to be able to do so without creating an obstacle to hygiene. Dentures are removed and soaked. Seems simple enough. However, the fact that these artificial structures are so fragile makes cleaning a somewhat complicated task. Remove and clean dentures over a towel. Don’t leave dentures in the mouth too long. Brush, but only with approved cleansers or abrasions will occur. This can all feel like a lot. It is a lot.  Dental implants bring more ease back into oral hygiene because they are essential corrosion-resistant posts that are surrounded by bone. Brushing and other simple hygiene that is aimed at preserving gum health take minutes a day.

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