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5 Reasons Dental Implants are Superior to Other Teeth Replacement Options

If you’re one of the 120 million Americans who are missing one (or more) teeth, you’re probably exploring your replacement options. Restorative dentistry services, such as dental crowns and bridges, can restore the form and function of your mouth, but which restoration is right for you? 

At Carnegie Dental Wellness in Midtown West Manhattan, New York, Dr. Constantina Bacopoulou is proud to offer dental implants to men and women looking to replace a missing tooth. 

Here are five reasons why dental implants are superior to other teeth replacement options.

1. Dental implants provide top-notch functionality

Replacing a missing tooth is more than just improving the appearance of your smile. It’s about improving the function of your mouth too. Dental implants provide top-notch functionality and far exceed the capabilities of other teeth replacement options. Because dental implants are implanted into your jaw (and fused in a process called osseointegration), your dental implant serves as both tooth and root, creating a strong, durable foundation. This means your dental implant: 

  • Is more stable than other replacement options
  • Enables you to eat your favorite foods without worry of dental work slipping out of place
  • Requires no extra steps, like soaking 

Because your dental implant provides superior functionality, you can eat your favorite foods in confidence. 

2. Dental implants blend in with your natural teeth

Dental implants are functional, but they also enhance the appearance of your smile. Dr. Bacopoulou matches the size, shape, and color of your new dental implant to blend in flawlessly with your remaining teeth. Once your implant is in place, it feels and looks natural. You can continue to brush your teeth normally without any extra cleaning steps.

3. Dental implants support your oral health goals

Even though many people see missing teeth as solely a cosmetic issue, the truth is that failing to replace a missing tooth can impact your oral health. The gap caused by a missing tooth can lead to jawbone atrophy and cause your remaining teeth to shift out of place. Not to mention, missing teeth can make it hard to eat comfortably or speak clearly. Dental implants help address the dental health issues caused by gaps. 

A dental implant can support your oral health by:

  • Reducing the risk of jawbone atrophy
  • Stimulating jawbone growth 
  • Preventing your teeth from shifting to fill in the gaps
  • Providing a lasting solution for tooth loss -- a solution that is immune to cavities!
  • Avoiding the need to alter any natural teeth (such as in the case of prepping teeth to support a bridge)

Dental implants promote a natural face shape by providing structure and preventing your cheeks from appearing sunken.

4. Dental implants are durable and long-lasting

Dentures and dental bridges aren’t as durable as implants, and unfortunately, this can lead to more frequent repairs. While the implant post is designed to be permanent, you may need to replace the crown after 15-20 years. However, a dental bridge may last only 5-7 years. Dentures can last 5-10 years, but because of jaw changes, you may require relining or rebasing. 

Dental implants require much less maintenance, are easier to clean, and provide the longest-lasting coverage. 

5. Dental implants boost your self-esteem

There’s no denying that dental implants enhance your appearance and improve the functionality of your mouth, but they also support your mental well-being too. Because there are so many advantages of dental implants, you may find your self-esteem is increased after replacing your teeth with implants. 

You can eat and smile with confidence. You don’t have to worry about dentures sliding out of place while talking to others, and you don’t have to worry about embarrassing gaps. 

If you’re ready to experience the convenience, aesthetics, and improved function that a dental implant can provide, give us a call at 646-453-4770. You can also request an appointment via our online scheduling system.