Chances are, you’ve already experienced buyer’s remorse. You see a cool outfit in the store, you buy it, take it home, and … when are you actually going to wear it? Why did you buy it at all? Sure, you can return it. But not everything can be so easily returned. Remember when you went to that restaurant, ordered a dinner, and it was nothing like what you thought it would be?
Buyer’s remorse can be tough to deal with, but when you need a replacement tooth for one that has come out, you can rest easily with dental implants. These use a titanium root implanted in your jaw to hold onto beautiful, natural-looking replacement teeth. Dental implants are so good, here are six reasons why you won’t have buyer’s remorse with them.
They help reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay: When you’re missing a tooth, tiny particles of food and drink can get stuck in that space. That’s like stocking the pantry for the harmful bacteria that cause problems like tooth decay and gum disease. It won’t take long before bacteria start to thrive there, raising the risk for cavities on the nearby teeth and irritating the gums there, leading to gingivitis. By getting a dental implant on that spot, you are simulating how your mouth should be. Filling in the gap with a replacement tooth makes it harder for bacteria to thrive there simply because the space is full and because bacteria can’t decay the restoration.
They keep your dentures where they belong: Traditional full dentures have been around for a while, and that’s because they work great when you need a full arch of teeth (all of the teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth) replaced.
Plus, because they are removable, they are a snap to keep clean. But that also creates its own set of problems. Removable dentures are held in place by a special nontoxic adhesive that temporarily “glues” them to your gums. If you’re eating some tough, chewy foods or didn’t use enough adhesive, removable dentures can slide around in your mouth. Worse, they can even fall right out. But at our Leesburg, VA dental office, we can combine dentures with dental implants. The dentures can attach to the titanium roots implanted in your jawbone. This keeps the dentures securely held in your mouth, so they won’t move or come out unexpectedly.
They can support an All-on-4 restoration: The All-on-4 dental implant procedure is a special method for replacing a full arch of teeth. It’s similar to using implants to hold onto dentures in that the All-on-4 restoration will be held firmly but comfortably in place by several implanted titanium roots. But with All-on-4, two implants in the back are angled differently. Instead of going straight toward the jawbone, they go in diagonally. This provides more strength and hold, meaning your All-on-4 fixed restoration can be more stable and secure than dentures with implants. It also uses only four implants, making it potentially easier to place.
They help keep your jawbone healthy: One of the hidden dangers of missing teeth is the deterioration of your jawbone. Your natural teeth have roots that fill in a socket in the bone. That means your jawbone (both the upper and lower) are designed to have those roots in there. When the tooth comes out, so does the root, leaving a big empty space in the jawbone that shouldn’t be there. Over time, the bone tissue around that empty socket begins to deteriorate. Bone grafts can be done to make that area healthy again, but the only way to permanently keep the jawbone healthy is by putting a titanium root in the socket with a dental implant procedure.
Your smile looks great again: To be honest, no one wants to see a gap in your smile. Yes, people shouldn’t be superficial and should look at the real you, not just your appearance. But in reality, we all do that. If you’re missing a tooth, people are judging you whenever you smile. A dental implant will fill that gap with a tooth that looks completely natural and healthy. No metal, no strangely colored fake tooth, just a replacement that’s shaped and colored to fit naturally in your current smile. With a dental implant, you can smile confidently again.
You don’t have to do anything special to keep them clean: With some dental treatments like metal braces, you have to be very careful what you eat and how you keep them clean. Braces even need a special mini brush to keep the brackets and wires clean. But a dental implant is designed to look, feel, and act like a real tooth. That means the only cleaning you have to do so the implant stays clean and great looking is the same you do for your other teeth: brushing, flossing, and making regular trips to our Leesburg, VA dental office for dental cleanings.
Dental implants are really so good that buyer’s remorse should not be a problem. If you have any questions about why you’ll love your dental implant, call us at 703-297-4353.