If you have lost one or more teeth–or are facing the loss of teeth–you have several options to replace them. However, only one option really works like your natural teeth. Dental implants offer numerous benefits over other tooth replacement options. 

At StarImage Dental Boutique & Oral Surgery, our Southlake implant dentists can help you find the best tooth replacement option for you. A great start is understanding the benefits of dental implants. 

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Bite and Chew Normally with Dental Implants

Traditional dentures sit on your gums. They can’t deliver the same bite force as natural teeth. With dentures, you have to learn a different, less effective method of chewing. It takes time to master. Once you master chewing, it will still be limited compared to natural teeth. You’ll have to cut food into smaller pieces, eat more slowly, and likely give up several foods. 

However, with dental implants supporting replacement teeth, you will be able to bite and chew normally. Eat all the foods you love, and eat them as you always have. 

Speak Clearly with Dental Implants

Dentures can interfere with speaking because they’re not anchored in your mouth. They might not be secure enough to make a full range of sounds. They can come out of place and strike teeth or opposing dentures, making a clicking sound. Sometimes, dentures can let air pass under them, creating a whistling sound. Worst of all, trying to speak loudly or forcefully can send dentures flying from your mouth. 

Dental implants function like natural teeth for speaking. You won’t have to learn a new way to talk, and you never have to worry about your teeth flying out of your mouth. 

Get a Beautiful Smile with Dental Implants

Dental implants can help you enjoy a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Your Southlake implant dentist can top dental implants with restorations that look attractive and natural. They stay in place and support your gum tissue to help your smile stay attractive. 

Traditional dentures often have teeth made out of plastic, which may start lustrous but can quickly dull with age. Plus, dentures can come out of place, affecting your appearance. 

Dental bridges can start out looking beautiful, but without support and stimulation under the bridge, the body can remove bone, creating a space under the bridge. 

Feel Whole with Dental Implants

Losing teeth can have an emotional impact. People often mourn what they’ve lost, and dentures don’t help. Dentures are something foreign you put in your mouth. They can make you gag and emphasize what you’ve lost. 

Dental implants feel like natural teeth. It’s like getting a natural tooth back. There are few second chances in life, but dental implants give you a second chance after losing teeth. 

Preserve Your Facial Appearance with Dental Implants

Your natural teeth work in harmony with your jawbone. The bone supports the teeth, and the teeth stimulate the jawbone to help it stay strong. When you lose teeth, your body can begin removing the bone that is used to support them. As your jawbone shrinks, your face will, too, causing a collapse of your facial dimensions. This contributes to facial wrinkles, folds, and sagging skin. 

Dental implants stimulate the bone around them. This not only keeps the implants strong, but it also helps you look younger for longer. 

Dental Implants Support Themselves

Traditional dentures either rely on your natural teeth for support (partial dentures) or have essentially no support (full dentures). Partial dentures can increase decay and wear on supporting teeth, making additional tooth loss more likely. Even a dental bridge relies on neighboring teeth for support, which can put those teeth at risk. 

However, dental implants support themselves. Properly placed, a dental implant will not negatively affect your natural teeth. It may even help preserve them. 

Dental Implants Are Good for Most People

Dental implants are a versatile tooth replacement option. Your Southlake implant dentist can use them to replace any number of teeth. If you’re missing just one tooth or are looking for full arch implant restoration, dental implants can help you.  

If you’re missing teeth, you need only be an adult who’s healthy enough for surgery to get dental implants. There are some cases where you might need additional treatments before getting implants, but you’re still a candidate. 

Enjoy an Active Life with Dental Implants

Removable dentures aren’t very compatible with living an active lifestyle. First, dental implants aren’t secure in your mouth. Any time you are wearing dentures, you have to expect they might come out. People lose them while swimming, climbing, and more. 

In addition, dentures often don’t fully support your bite system. Your bite system is important to core stability, and poorly fitting dentures can make it harder to walk, run, and otherwise keep active. 

Dental implants are secure–you don’t have to worry about losing them no matter what the activity. Plus, they give you the strong bite you need to maintain core stability so you can keep living life to the fullest. 

Dental Implants Require No Special Care

Dental implants are structured like your natural teeth, and you care for them the same way. Just brush, floss, and make regular dental visits. It might take a little bit to get used to flossing around the implant or implants. Some people should also make more regular dental visits, but otherwise, caring for dental implants is the same as for natural teeth. 

Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime

Properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime, just like natural teeth. Dental implants don’t get cavities, but the dental crown or bridge can wear out after 10-15 years–just like the crown on a natural tooth. However, there’s no reason why the implant can’t last for the rest of your life. More than 90% of dental implants last over 20 years. Some people have had them for over 50 years. 

Get Dental Implants in Southlake

If you’re considering tooth replacement options, it’s important to understand how much dental implants can do for you. If you want to see how implants can benefit you, the Southlake implant dentists at StarImage Dental Boutique & Oral Surgery can explain. They can also explain the benefits of CT guided dental implants and whether you’re a candidate for same day teeth

Please call (817) 587-4566 or use our online form to request an appointment at StarImage Dental Boutique, located in Southlake near the CISD Aquatics Center.