Benefits of dental implants

Benefits of dental implants

When a patient has lost one or more teeth, dental implants have multiple advantages over other treatments involving removable prostheses.

  • Implants allow the installation of fixed or removable dental prostheses.
  • They are more comfortable and discreet because they do not cause any unpleasant friction or movement on the gums as in the case of removable prostheses that are not mounted on implants (e.g.: partial or complete dentures). It is possible to get an implant-supported denture that does not even cover the palate at all.
  • No adhesive (denture glue) is required to hold the implant-supported prosthesis in place.
  • Implants offer a better stability to artificial teeth, which facilitates chewing and digestion, improves comfort and facilitates speech.
  • The patients are not forced to adapt their diet.
  • Implants allow distributing chewing forces between implants and adjacent structures of the mouth (gums, bones and remaining teeth), which helps to reduce the stress on these structures. When healthy teeth are still in the mouth, the patient can expect to be able to keep these remaining teeth longer than if no implant was installed and if the space created by missing teeth remained vacant.
  • Implants contribute to the preservation of the alveolar bone (the bone that supports teeth) by preventing its resorption where teeth are missing. In fact, when a tooth is missing, the alveolar bone that used to support it is not stimulated anymore and deteriorates gradually.
  • Implants do not require grinding and modifying adjacent teeth (like in the case of a traditional bridge).
  • Implants give the impression of having natural teeth, both aesthetically and functionally, and act as an artificial root anchored in the bone of the jaw, like a natural tooth root. The patients may, therefore, regain the integrity of their facial features that had been affected by the loss of several teeth.
  • The two main components of an implant (the artificial crown and the implant itself) will not be affected by tooth decay.
  • Once osseointegration is complete, the implants rarely need to be replaced and therefore offer a reliable and long-term solution. Despite the high initial cost, the dental implant is a good investment given its life expectancy.
  • The success rate of an implant procedure, for a period exceeding 15 years, is 90% for implants installed in the maxilla and 95% for implants installed in the mandible. The difference between these two different rates of success is due to the fact that the maxilla has a naturally weaker bone density than that of the lower jaw, which makes osseointegration a little more difficult.
  • The average lifespan of an implant is ten years and it can theoretically remain in place throughout the entire life of the patient. However, the life expectancy of the crown, denture or bridge mounted on the implant is shorter, like any other prosthesis.

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