Dr. D. Bradley Dean is a dentist and board certified periodontist in private practice in Plano, TX that specializes in dental implants. His office equipped to successfully handle all sorts of dental implant cases because we focus exclusively on treatments like the placement of dental implants. Dr. Dean will recommend dental implants to his patients with missing teeth because the benefits are clear when compared to removable restorations such as dental bridges and dentures. Dental implants are the most reliable treatment option because of their high success rate, oral health benefits and natural function and appearance.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
More durable – A dental bridge can last about 5 to 15 years and dentures will last around 5 to 8 years. As a person ages, their gums reshape or shrink and this will require bridges and dentures to be replaced, rebased or repaired. The dental implant is surgically implanted into the jaw bone in our Plano, TX periodontist office. The implant will eventually fuse with the bone making them just as durable as your natural teeth. If cared for properly, dental implants will last a lifetime.
Convenient – Dental implants are more convenient than bridges and dentures because they do not require any extra care. Dentures and bridges will need to be removed, cleaned and periodically repaired. They also require messy adhesives to keep them in place. Dental implants are treated just like natural teeth. Brush, floss and visit your dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and cleaning just like you normally would.
Improved Self-Esteem – Having missing teeth can be distressing for anyone. Replacing them can help you feel better about yourself and your smile. Removable options, such as dentures, for missing teeth often slip or do not fit correctly creating many embarrassing situations. Dental implants are permanent and do not slip.
No diet restrictions – For patients that receive dental implants, their eating function will fully return. Dental implants have no restrictions since they are durable, stable and permanent. When patients have removable dentures and dental bridges, they have to avoid certain types of food such as sticky or hard foods.
Improved oral health – If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, that void in your mouth can cause bone loss and deterioration in your jawbone. Our Plano, TX periodontist office will recommend dental implants because they are the only option for missing teeth that stimulates the jaw bone which helps stimulate bone growth. This will prevent bone loss. Dental implants also do not require reducing your healthy, surrounding teeth, as a dental bridge does.
Improved speech – With dental implants, there is no need to worry about your removable restoration slipping around, causing slurred speech or even falling out of your mouth. That constant worry with removable restorations can lead to feeling uncomfortable in public or around other people.
Improved appearance – A face without teeth will appear sunken and can add years to your appearance. Dental implants help keep the natural shape of your face and lower jaw area. Dental implants are the closest teeth replacement option to your natural teeth.
More comfortable – Dental implants will blend seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. A dental implant will look, feel, fit and function just like your natural teeth.