Dental implants (also referred to as All-On-4, All-On-Four, All-On-Six, Four-On-Four, etc.) are the dental and aesthetic gold standard when it comes to replacing missing teeth. No other procedure can match or surpass the perfect balance of beauty and functionality that a well-executed implant surgery can provide. In fact, with the right Prosthodontist at the helm, most observers will have a hard time noticing the difference between our patient’s healthy natural teeth and their new dental implant.
Patients considering tooth replacement often compare the pros and cons of the various tooth replacement treatments available. Common replacement therapies include removable dentures, partial dentures, bridges, implant-supported dentures, and conventional individual implants. While many factors play into a patient's ultimate choice when it comes to replacing missing teeth, such as budget, timing, and general health, conventional individual dental implants are the recommended way to go for many patients. Here’s why:
5 Important Benefits of Dental Implants
1. Natural Looking Smile
Dental implants provide one of the most natural looking (and feeling) smiles for patients suffering from edentulism or tooth loss. Unlike alternative tooth replacement options, such as dentures, there is no readily discernible point of transition or boundary between a prosthesis and a patient’s body. When properly executed, there is no line between where a dental implant ends, and a patient’s mouth begins.
Titanium and zirconia implants seamlessly osseointegrate into a patient’s jaws becoming an extension of the bone itself. Meanwhile, the visible crown prosthesis can be fabricated from natural-looking porcelain and seamlessly color-matched to a patient’s natural teeth. If you want a natural-looking smile, consider getting dental implants from the experienced professionals at Willow Pass Dental Care.
2. Dental implants provide a functional smile.
Dental implants work precisely like regular teeth. They have roots in the form of titanium or zirconia post and an actual visible tooth in the shape of a prosthetic crown. However, thanks to osseointegration, dental implants aren’t just mimicking the look of a natural tooth, they become an integral part and extension of the body.
3. Dental implants preserve bone mass and density and provide a natural mouth-feel.
One of the most important benefits of dental implants, including implant-supported denture solutions, is the effect dental implants have on the underlying jaw bones. Dental implants mimic the structural characteristics of a natural tooth’s roots.
Because implants are embedded and osseointegrated into the bone, they transmit the natural compression forces from chewing and biting into the jaws. This is important for two critical reasons.
First, these compression forces stimulate the underlying bones. They tell the body to continue to produce bone cells to maintain a healthy amount of bone tissues. Without adequate stimulation, the bone is naturally reabsorbed by the body and disappears.
Second, this natural transmission of forces also provides a more natural feel when chewing and biting.
4. Dental implants are easy to maintain.
Unlike other tooth replacement treatments, such as traditional removable dentures, dental implant maintenance is no more difficult than regular dental maintenance of natural teeth. Patients need only brush and floss their prosthetic implants as they would their natural teeth. Likewise, patients should avoid biting into anything they wouldn’t bite into with their natural teeth. Dental implants are durable, but they are not indestructible.
5. Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper dental hygiene and care.
The longevity and resilience of the materials used to manufacture a dental implant prosthesis are undeniable. The dental implant post, which is embedded in a patient’s jaw, is crafted from inert, dental-grade titanium or zirconia. Both are incredibly strong and, when placed correctly and allowed to osseointegrate, can often last forever.
Likewise, the crown, or replacement tooth prosthetic, is often fabricated from porcelain which is both non-porous and incredibly hard. Compared to dentures, which are usually composed of softer acrylic that wears away quickly with use, titanium and porcelain often last for decades with proper care and attention.
Come to Willow Pass Dental Care Today!
Willow Pass Dental Care is dedicated to providing the best dental care for families in Concord, CA. Dental implant procedures are carefully planned, executed, and monitored by some of the best dental professionals there are. Pain, anxiety, and stress are all kept to a minimum to ensure as smooth and as comfortable a process as possible. Dr. Reza Khazaie will be able to identify any worrying signs of dental malaise best before it gets out of hand, address any pressing dental concerns, and provide you with the care and advice you and your family need to build healthy dental habits.
Looking for a friendly and professional dental office to call home? Look no further than Willow Pass Dental Care. Come and check us out today!