Dental implants have become one of the prime methods to replace a missing natural tooth. A careful comparison of the implant treatment that dentists like Dr. Francois Bothma perform in his `dental clinic with ceramic bridges and especially removable dentures, will reveal that the former has greater advantages.
Francois Bothma is an independent bishop as well as an Australian dentist who has been running very successful practices for more than 30 years. He currently works at the Kite Street Dental Clinic in Orange, NSW, Australia. Francois is originally from South Africa but relocated to Australia in 2011, having gained valuable international experience which he applies on a daily basis.
Let us dive into the benefits of implants performed by dentists.
- They are permanent and durable
One of the main reasons implants have gained popularity is that they provide a fixed solution to tooth loss. For many years the only option to replace a missing tooth was either a bridge or a denture.
They provide a solid foundation for permanent replacement of missing teeth and are made to match your own natural teeth. However, it is important to bear in mind that once placed, they require the same care as natural teeth, i.e. daily brushing and flossing. They will not interfere with your daily routine and do not need to be removed for sleep, as is recommended for dentures.
- Improved appearance and comfort
Dental implants mimic natural teeth so they look and feel like your own teeth. Your natural smile will be recreated which will make you feel much better about yourself. You will regain your ability to smile with confidence.
As dental implants are a fixed solution, they will function like your own teeth and improve speech as well as chewing. No more mumbling or slurring your words and you will once again be able to eat all of your favorite foods without any pain.
- They are safe
Implant placement is now considered a minor surgical procedure with a very short postoperative recovery period. Most people are able to resume normal duties the same day or at most one day later. Due to improved surgical protocols it can be considered that 98% of dental implants are inserted successfully.
Despite this data, there are many people who feel fear and anxiety when having to undergo this type of treatment. For those patients suffering from an anxiety or fear of dental procedures, Francois offers a sedation service at his clinic. This allows the patient to have a far more pleasant experience without the dreaded fear of the dentist.
- They Don’t Damage the Other Teeth
Another reason why you should consider dental implants is because they would assist in improved oral health. Dental implants do not require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered in any way to support the implant or implant-retained structure, more of your own teeth are left in their natural state, leading to improved long-term oral health. Individual implants are also far easier to clean than bridge structures as they allow easier access to the areas between the teeth, thereby improving oral hygiene.
- Help Preserve Bone
Today, dental titanium implants with attached ceramic crowns have become the preferred way for treating tooth loss because they function the same as natural teeth and is instrumental in helping preserve the jaw structure by preventing atrophy from bone loss. Ceramic bridges and dentures address the cosmetic problem of missing teeth but they do not have the ability to prevent bone loss. Permanent dental implants will help to maintain proper chewing function and exert appropriate, natural physiological forces on the jawbone to keep it functional and healthy.