Weighing up the costs and benefits of dental implants
Losing teeth is an expensive business. While people might choose to ignore replacing the odd lost tooth, lose more than one or two and it gets progressively harder to chew, bite, and look respectable. Then comes a choice: what kind of replacement teeth to invest in. If money were no object, most people would not hesitate to choose dental implants. But money is an object for most of us these days, and dental implants are expensive. So, are they worth it? Let’s take a look at what dental implants in Burnham from the Dental Surgery Burnham can offer you.
The stability of natural teeth
Dental implants replace the root of the tooth with titanium posts that mesh with the jawbone. This give a chewing base that can withstand multidirectional forces of up to 97kg or 200lbs. You can eat whatever you like with dental implants, from crunchy apples and gooey toffee to chewy meats, without fear that your teeth are not going to be able to cope.
A strong, healthy youthful jawbone
Dental implants keep the jawbone strong by transmitting the vibrations from biting and chewing into the bone. These are signals that the jawbone is still in use and the bone cells renew themselves. Without roots, either natural or artificial, the jawbone receives no signals and quickly starts to resorb, diverting the calcium from the jawbone to elsewhere. The jawbone shrinks to create the pointy-chinned, sunken-faced look of premature old age. Denture wearers find that their dentures become loose and it gets harder to speak, eat, and laugh without them wobbling around.
Hassle-free hygiene and maintenance
Once the implants have healed into place and the crowns are attached, all you need to do to take care of them is to brush and floss diligently. The porcelain crowns won’t decay, but you do have to be careful about gum disease, which can attack the bone and make your implants come loose.
No replacing the replacements
After the initial cost of having the implants, there is no more to pay. Once the implants are in place, they should last you for the rest of your life.