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Why Should I Consider Dental Implants?

You have lost a tooth or several. Your next step is deciding what you should fill that space with - a dental implant or something like dentures. It is important to do something though, since the other teeth will shift to try to fill that empty space and make talking and chewing difficult.

While dentures are still used, dental implants are becoming popular. Here are some reasons why you should consider getting dental implants:

They Act Like Natural Teeth

You won't feel self-conscious when you are around people when you have a dental implant. It behaves just like a regular tooth. Most of the time, others won't even know that you have a dental implant unless you tell them.

Another benefit is that you don't have to be concerned about the implant moving around in your mouth, unlike with dentures. The crown is firmly anchored in place and you can do everything from talk to smile to eat with no worries. That is some extra peace of mind for you.

You Don't Have to Remove Them

There is one especially aggravating aspect of dentures ... they need to be removed nightly and soaked in a special solution overnight. That way, they can stay sterile and moist. You won't have to do that with your dental implant. It stays in there all the time and you can brush and floss like you normally do.

They Last a Long Time

This is one of the best things about dental implants. As long as you take good care of them, they can last for up to 25 years. That means that they pay for themselves pretty quickly as the years go by.

You have to be diligent, though. While a dental implant is durable, it is not unbreakable. That means you should avoid certain hard candies or crunchy foods. Fortunately, those limitations are very few and you can enjoy almost all of the foods and drinks that you enjoyed before you needed the dental implant.

Other benefits of getting dental implants include preserving the overall structure of your face, since your cheeks will get a sunken-in look if there are no teeth pushing back on them. This is a great way to keep from looking like you have aged prematurely. They will also keep your surrounding teeth stable.

This is a big decision, and you can always ask your local dental professional if this is right for you. Ultimately, though, it is a great way to preserve your smile.

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