Have you lost permanent teeth due to tooth decay or gum disease? Or perhaps you lost a tooth in a sports injury or auto accident? Dental implants can be an effective tooth restoration method for adults of all ages, no matter how you lost your missing teeth. Implants can also be a treatment option for adolescents, once facial growth and development has been completed — generally around age 16 for girls, and age 18 for boys.
4 Reasons to Get Dental Implants
Dental implants have many advantages over other tooth replacement alternatives such as dentures and bridges. Here are four that Dr. Joseph Catanzano of Foxhall Smiles in Washington, DC wants to make you aware of.
1. Implants Won’t Get Loose and Slip Out
Your dental implants will be embedded directly in your jaw bone, so they won’t slip or click when you talk, eat or laugh like dentures can. You’ll also find that your speech sounds more natural with dental implants. With dental implants, you’ll be able to smile, talk, laugh and eat with confidence again.
2. Dental Implants Last A Lifetime
Dental implants are built to last. Implants that are properly cared for can last many decades. Meanwhile, many other tooth replacement options such as dental bridges and dentures, may need to be replaced as often as every 5 to 10 years. This means that, although dental implants cost more money up front, you will not need to pay to replace them as often as other options, saving your money and time in the long run.
3. Dental Implants Look and Feel Like Natural Teeth
Dental implants feel, look, fit and function as if they were healthy, natural teeth. They’re so comfortable you might forget they’re not your natural teeth once the implant site is fully healed.. You’ll brush and floss them alongside your natural teeth with no need to remove them for cleaning like dentures. They also help you retain your natural face shape and smile.
4. Implants Help Preserve and Protect Your Jawbone
Implants protect facial bone and healthy teeth. Leaving empty spaces in your smile after losing one or more teeth can lead to jawbone deterioration, teeth moving and other issues. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that stimulates new bone growth and prevents teeth moving. Having dental implants placed as soon as possible after losing a tooth helps prevent bone loss at the site. Also, dental implants do not need the enamel of adjacent teeth to be ground down for bridges to be anchored or partial dentures to be attached.
Dental Implants in Washington, DC
If you have lost teeth for any reason and are interested in finding out if dental implants can help restore your teeth, Dr. Catanzano and his team at Foxhall Smiles in Washington, DC are ready to help. Please call us at 202.315.2188 or schedule a consultation online today!