I am proud to say that I have all my own teeth at the age of 65. While that may not sound unusual to some people, everyone in my family who is my age or older wears dentures. I always tell people that that flossing is the key to good dental health. I have arthritis in my hands, but I don't let it keep me from flossing every day. My trick is to use those little "flossers" you can buy at the drug store. They have plastic handles floss stretched out on top of the handle. These make flossing easier on days when my arthritis is acting up. I started this blog to let other people know that they can keep their teeth healthy into old age when they take care of them. If you have hand pain, find ways to make flossing easier, like I did.
Deciding on a method to fix your missing tooth can be challenging. While cheap solutions can work within your budget, they often come with problems that make living with your replacement tooth a challenge. That's why a dental implant can be best, even if it costs you more money upfront. Here are some reasons to pick a dental implant over other tooth replacement methods.
Implants Potentially Last Forever
One thing to keep in mind is that a dental implant will potentially last forever, which makes it an ideal choice for people who are young and will be dealing with their replacement tooth for a long time. The implant forms a bond with your jawbone that keeps the fake tooth in place. The implant cannot be removed, which definitely has its benefits.
The only reason why a dental implant may not last forever is if that bond with your jawbone is broken. This can happen if you neglect your oral health, resulting in gum disease and a deterioration of the jawbone. You must do what it takes to keep your gums healthy so that the implant stays healthy, which should be no more than regular brushing and flossing every day.
Implants Don't Move
There are many benefits to having a fake tooth that does not move around, which is a real problem when using a partial denture. The implant gives you stability and confidence when talking and walking. You can bite into an apple and not worry about the implant shifting or have a conversation with somebody up close and not worry about the tooth slipping out of place. While a dental bridge is an alternative procedure, bridges tend to be more fragile and break over time if you bite down on something too hard. This should not be an issue with a dental implant.
In addition, that one missing tooth can cause problems where the surrounding teeth tend to slide towards the middle of the gap when a partial denture is not being used. This may be a significant amount of time since it is removed when sleeping and cleaning it.
Implants Stimulate The Jaw Bone
Did you know that your jawbone stays healthy because it receives stimulation every time you put pressure on your teeth? This is something that is not possible with a bridge or partial dentures. That stimulation is crucial to maintaining the health of your jawbone as you get older, which cannot be replicated with other tooth replacement methods.
Contact a dentist for more information.