Buyer’s remorse is when you regret a purchase. If you’re dazzled by all the gimmicks and fast talk at a car dealership, you might have buyer’s remorse when you drive that expensive convertible off the lot. When it comes to dental restorations, dental implants are one of the most popular and long-lasting treatments. Here are six reasons why you’ll never have buyer’s remorse with a dental implant procedure.
1. You don’t have to do anything different to keep them clean. Sometimes, you get something and learn the hard way that it’s not worth the time you have to put into it. Braces, for example, require a lot of extra cleaning and come with food restrictions. You can sometimes regret getting metal braces because of that.
Dental implants are designed to look and act just like your real teeth. The only thing you have to do to keep your dental implant clean is brush and floss. Since it’s like a real tooth, you can clean it like a real tooth. You should also still come to our Phoenix, AZ dental office every six months like normal.
2. You can help prevent your jawbone from deteriorating. One health problem caused by missing teeth is losing strength in your jawbone. Natural teeth have roots that extend down into the bone tissue. That’s what helps give them such strength. When you bite down, pressure goes down the root and stimulates the bone there. Your jawbone is strengthened by that stimulation, so when it’s gone, the bone tissue starts to deteriorate.
Dental implants are strong and durable because they use an artificial root made of titanium. (Implants use that metal because your body accepts and integrates it.) That same implant root transfers the pressure from biting to the bone tissue, as with natural teeth. By getting a dental implant, you can help keep your jawbone strong.
3. You can use them to make sure your dentures go nowhere. Full dentures are a great dental restoration if you’re missing a lot of teeth. Natural-looking replacement teeth are set in a gum-colored base. It rests on your gums and replaces a full arch of teeth. You will be able to talk, eat, and look normal again. However, sometimes they can slide around a bit when you’re eating food that’s tough to chew. In rare cases, dentures can even fall out.
With implant-secured dentures, you can use several implanted roots to connect to your dentures. This makes sure they will stay put even when chewing. It also transfers biting pressure to your jawbone, something full dentures do not.
4. You can reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. That space left behind by a missing tooth is the perfect place for bacteria to live. It’s easy for tiny particles of food and drink to get trapped there, especially along the gumline. As the bacteria eat those particles, they secrete an acid that corrodes enamel and irritates gum tissue. This leads to cavities and gingivitis.
When you get a dental implant to replace that missing tooth, you’re filling the space left behind. That means you’ll be at no more risk of gingivitis or cavities on the teeth next to the empty space than you normally would. It’s not as easy for food — or the bacteria that eats it — to get in that space.
5. You will have less trouble chewing your food. Really, your teeth are designed to help you eat. That’s why there are differently shaped teeth: incisors to tear up food, molars to crush food, and so on. When you are missing teeth, you will probably have some trouble chewing. Some foods like corn on the cob need your front teeth for you to eat them properly. Other foods like chips can poke sharply into that empty space, causing you pain.
If your teeth are there to chew up your food, it makes sense that dental implants will help with that. You’ll get all of your teeth back, so you can chew and eat the foods you love.
6. Your smile will look whole again, improving your confidence. Self-esteem and confidence are tricky things. They’re very important, but sometimes just a small thing can hurt both. When you smile and see an empty space in your smile, you know you don’t look your best. That means you can worry about how you look. That decreases your confidence.
Dental implants look just like healthy versions of the teeth they replace. After you get implants, your smile will not just look whole again. It will also look healthy. When you look in the mirror and see that great smile, your confidence is sure to improve.
If you’re missing a tooth, you need a replacement soon. Dental implants can last for decades. Call us today at 602-842-6504 for your next appointment.