The air is getting cooler and the leaves are changing color, which means the holiday season is right around the corner! This year’s festivities may be different than previous years, but there are still plenty of reasons to smile, especially if you’ve replaced your missing teeth with dental implants! Rebuilding your complete, confident smile makes all the difference when chatting with loved ones, smiling for photos, and eating all your favorite holiday meals! As you think about what you’re thankful for this time of year, remember these five reasons to be grateful for your dental implants.
1.) Smile Comfortably and Confidently
Many people find their dentures or dental bridge frustrating as they lose their fit over years of use. Ill-fitting restorations can lead to an uncomfortable loose feeling and less functionality. Not to mention they may slip or pop out of place at the most embarrassing times! Dental implants replace teeth both above and below the gumline to achieve a comfortable and sturdy new smile. You should never feel your dental implant irritate your gums or shift out of place.
2.) Freedom to Eat All Your Favorite Meals
Thanks to their unique foundation in your jawbone, dental implants allow you to enjoy crunchy, sticky, and tough foods that would be difficult to eat with dentures or a dental bridge. In fact, you may be able to enjoy up to 80-90% restored biting power! That means this holiday season, you can easily and comfortably eat steak, apples, caramel, pie, and anything else on your plate.
3.) Keep Your New Smile Clean with Ease
You won’t need to take any extra time out of your busy holiday schedule or stock up on special products, adhesives, or flossers to keep your dental implants clean. You can keep them strong and sparkling with great oral hygiene habits right alongside your natural teeth! Simply brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, floss daily, and rinse with mouthwash regularly.
4.) Protect Your Jawbone & Facial Features
Did you know that tooth loss can cause your jawbone to shrink? The roots of your teeth stimulate blood flow in the jaw. When a tooth goes missing and this stimulation stops, the bone will begin to shrink. Eventually, this can lead to a sunken, aged appearance in the facial features. Thankfully, dental implants encourage circulation and prevent this process, which helps keep your youthful appearance and strong jaw.
5.) Long-Lasting Solution to Tooth Loss
While dentures and dental bridges can replace your missing teeth quickly, they aren’t designed to last forever. As they wear down over years of use, they’ll need to be repaired or replaced. Not only is this inconvenient, but it can become quite costly over time. On the other hand, dental implants can save you both time and money in the long run! With the proper care, you can easily expect your dental implants to last for a lifetime.
The holidays are one of the best times to enjoy your smile. If you’re interested in replacing your missing teeth, talk to your Manahawkin dentist today to see if dental implants are right for you!
About the Author
Dr. Robert Young is passionate about helping the smiles of Manahawkin and the surrounding communities with the highest quality dental care available. With advanced training from the Misch Institute of Implantology and an active membership in the Academy of Oral Implantology, he is considered and expert in rebuilding smiles with dental implants. Not only can he personally perform every step of the dental implant process, but he can also offer advanced surgical treatments like bone grafts and ridge augmentation to help you become an excellent candidate for this life-changing service. To learn more about dental implants, he can be contacted via his website or at (609) 597-1830.