Dental implants are medical devices fixed in the jawbone to support replacement teeth. They’re often the best treatment for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.
Dental implants are made of small titanium rods, which are then permanently fixed into a person’s jawbone during a surgical procedure.
At Mola Dental, we have a variety of dental implants available, including single tooth replacement, full arch teeth in a day, stabilisation of dentures and replacing missing teeth. Read on to learn more about why they’re so popular and the benefits of dental implants.
Why are dental implants gaining popularity?
Dental implants have been gaining popularity over the last ten years because of their many benefits compared to traditional tooth replacement options, such as dentures and bridges.
One of the reasons dental implants are more appealing is that with good oral hygiene, they never need to be replaced. Comparatively, dentures need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, and bridges must be replaced every five to 10 years.
Another reason dental implants are popular is that almost no bone loss occurs, whereas bone loss can occur with dentures and bridges. Other benefits and reasons for dental implant popularity include stability, preserving the healthy tooth structure, and they have an aesthetically pleasing look.
Dental implants are securely anchored to the jawbone, offering greater stability and functionality than dentures and bridges.
You’ll never experience dental implants slipping or moving while you eat or speak, and that’s because of osseointegration. Osseointegration is where the jawbone cells grow up to the implant surface to grip it securely.
This process takes anywhere between six weeks to six months to be fully integrated, but once the dental implants are fused with the jawbone, you have a stable foundation for artificial teeth which allows for better chewing efficiency and clarity of speech.
Preserves healthy tooth structure
Unlike other tooth replacement options, such as bridges, dental implants don’t require the alteration or support of adjacent teeth. This helps to preserve healthy tooth structure in your mouth and promotes better oral hygiene.
Bridges rely on the support of adjacent teeth, and dentures rest on the gums, both of which can negatively affect your teeth and the structure of your mouth. However, dental implants don’t rely on other teeth, so they’re the better option to preserve your tooth structure.
What’s more, when you preserve the structure of your teeth, you’re also helping to ensure you have better oral hygiene and are proactively taking steps to prevent potential oral health issues.
Another reason why dental implants are so popular is because they’re more aesthetically pleasing. They are better for your oral health and look better and more natural compared to other tooth replacement options.
Dental implants look and feel very similar to natural teeth because they can perfectly match the size, colour and shape of your existing teeth. The crown part of the dental implant is usually made of porcelain which matches the translucency and texture of your teeth.
There’s also a psychological impact of opting for dental implants due to their natural tooth look and feel; you’ll feel more confident and experience a heightened sense of self-esteem. And they might even make you feel happier; after all, who wouldn’t want to show off their perfect and beautiful smile?
Are dental implants right for you?
The Mola Dental team are always on hand to help you with your oral health, so if you’ve got missing teeth or need tooth replacement and are wondering which implant option is right for you, get in touch with us now, and we can help you decide.