Dental Implants look and feel like natural teeth:
One of the great features of implants is that it is hard to tell the difference between a real tooth and an implant with a porcelain crown. You can eat anything, bite anything. You take care of them just as you would your natural teeth, practicing regular oral hygiene to keep them free of plaque and surrounding gums healthy.
Dental Implants are permanent:
Once Dr. Hancock places your implant, it’s permanent. This is a great advantage over dentures or even bridges, which can break. You will, however, need to take care of your implant with brushing, flossing and regular cleanings at the dental office.
Dental Implants stabilize other teeth:
When you have a missing tooth or teeth, the natural teeth next to the missing ones will eventually start to move toward the empty gap. They can also rotate somewhat. If allowed to continue, you could end up with bite and chewing problems. This misalignment also contributes to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) issues. Filling in the gap with implants keeps surrounding teeth and structure stable.
Dental Implants hold up your facial structure:
You’ve no doubt seen people whose facial structure has collapsed somewhat; the amount of space between the nose base and the chin is reduced, wrinkles appear around the mouth, and skin starts to sag. These effects from bone loss make a person look older than they really are. Dental implants maintain and stimulate bone growth, so this facial structure collapse doesn’t occur.
Dental Implants help fight gum disease:
When missing teeth are not replaced, the gap remaining can become a magnet for bacteria, where it gets trapped, causing infection and gum disease. Dental implants fill in the empty space, making it much harder for gum disease to take hold, especially when maintaining regular oral health practices.
Dental Implants can make your dentures stable:
Dentures can be made very secure when they are attached to dental implants. They no longer slip or rub, and you don’t have to use gooey adhesives in an attempt to keep them from moving.