If you’re one of the 178 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth, you probably know how much of a struggle it can be. Thanks to modern dental technology, people who are missing teeth have several different options when it comes to replacing them. Dental implants are preferred by patients and dentists alike because they have so many different benefits. Since there is no better time to think about the things we are grateful for, continue reading to learn more about why you should be thankful for your dental implants.

Prevents Bone Loss

When you are missing teeth, you also loose bone mass in your jaw. This is because the jawbone isn’t getting the regular stimulation it needs to maintain its mass. This can lead to the appearance of sunken in cheeks and wrinkled lips. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option out there that maintain the integrity of the jawbone and prevent bone loss.

Looks Natural

The crown that is placed on the end of your dental implants is customized to be the exact size, shape and color needed to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. After careful planning, the implant is precisely placed to fit perfectly in the gap. No one will even be able to tell that your implants aren’t real teeth.

Restores Bite Force

Since dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone and fuse to it in a process called osseointegration, they allow you to bite with nearly the same force as you could with your natural teeth. They can restore up to 90% chewing power. On the other hand, dentures can only restore approximately 25% of bite force. In the end, you’ll be able to eat your favorite foods again without having to worry.

Easy to Maintain

When you have dental implants, you don’t need to buy special products, like cleansing tablets, adhesives, or special flossers. All you need to do is take care of them how you would with your natural teeth. That means brushing twice and flossing once every day and attending regular dental cleanings and checkups.

They’re a Long-Lasting Solution

Other tooth replacement options need to be replaced and repaired periodically. However, dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option that can last for many decades when cared for properly. They can even last for the rest of your life.

This Thanksgiving, don’t forget to be thankful for your smile! If you’re looking to replace your missing teeth, ask your dentist if you’d be a good candidate for dental implants. With so many benefits, it’s no wonder that they’re so popular.

About the Author

Dr. Jignesh Patel graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. Throughout his career, he has extended his skilling in order to provide the best possible care to his patients in Jacksonville. For more information on dental implants or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel, visit his website or call (904) 262-9466.