The Top 10 Benefits of Dental Implants

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Missing teeth are more than an inconvenience. Smiling, speaking, and chewing become more difficult, not to mention the toll it can take on your confidence. Dental implants are a fantastic solution for smile restoration and, at Hickman Family Dental, they’re more accessible than ever. The benefits of dental implants are so numerous, you’ll be wondering why you haven’t considered them sooner. 

Here are 10 good reasons to visit our Urbandale office for a dental implant consultation.

A permanent solution to tooth loss

While many dental procedures will need to be replaced or repaired eventually, dental implants are designed to last for the rest of your life, as long as you practice good oral hygiene habits and see your dentist regularly. 

Restoration of bite force

One of the main benefits of dental implants is improved chewing ability. The implants are anchored into your jaw with a titanium post that replaces your tooth root, so you’ll be able to bite just as you would with your natural teeth. Other tooth replacement options don’t restore that much bite force because they sit on top of your gums and are not anchored in place. 

Natural function and appearance 

When you decide on dental implants, Dr. Erickson will customize the color of the implants to blend perfectly with your natural teeth. Therefore, no one should be able to tell they aren’t your natural teeth when you chew and talk—including you.

Prevents bone loss

When you lose one or more teeth, you can lose bone mass in your jaw. Your jawbone requires stimulation from chewing to maintain its mass. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that also helps with jaw bone stimulation. 

Restores your natural speech

Missing teeth can alter your speech. And some other tooth replacement options, like dentures, can affect your ability to pronounce words like you used to. But since dental implants function exactly like your natural teeth, you’ll be able to speak clearly and easily. 

They won’t slip

One of the best benefits of dental implants is the lack of slipping. Your implants will be securely anchored in place, so you’ll never have to worry about them slipping out while you speak or eat.

No cavities

The material dental implants are made of will not decay. Therefore, you’ll never have to worry about cavities in your artificial teeth. However, your implants will still need to be cared for like the rest of your mouth in order to prevent a build-up of bacteria.

Easy to care for

Caring for dental implants is a breeze. Brush and floss regularly, the way you do with your natural teeth. You won’t have to buy any special products or see your dentist more often. 

Supports your adjacent teeth

A gap in your mouth from a missing tooth can cause the teeth on either side of it to shift and move, leading to misalignment. A dental implant will fill that gap, allowing you to maintain an even smile. 

Increased confidence 

If you have noticeable gaps in your teeth, your confidence has surely been affected by it. Knowing that your smile has been restored will have you smiling more often and with more confidence, which will help you improve nearly every area of your life. 

Restore Your Smile at Hickman Family Dental 

There are so many benefits of dental implants, it’s easy to see why they’re well worth the investment. To set up a consultation with our team, call us at (515) 276-4981 or request an appointment on our contact page.