What Are the Benefits of Full Dental Implants?

Thursday August 24, 2017 by
Melissa Brown, DDS

In the past, you had to visit a dental implant specialist for dental implant placement. We’re happy to announce that’s no longer the case! Today you can visit Murray Hill for full dental implants—we now offer both restoration and placement.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant holds a replacement tooth or bridge in place. You can think of it as an artificial tooth root. Typically, the implant is surgically placed into the jawbone itself, and it holds one or more permanent or removable dental crowns.

Who Gets Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a great option for anyone experiencing tooth loss from injury, tooth decay, or periodontal disease. They are particularly recommended for people with healthy gums, enough bone to hold the implant, and a commitment to good dental hygiene.

All patients should be evaluated for dental implants on a case-by-case basis. Typically, people who may not make good candidates for dental implants include patients who:

  • Smoke heavily
  • Have an uncontrollable chronic disorder like diabetes or heart disease
  • Have had radiation therapy to the head or neck

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants have a number of benefits over other teeth replacement options:

  • Durability. Traditionally, dental bridges need to be replaced at some point. Dental implants, on the other hand, can last a lifetime with proper care.
  • Closest to Natural Teeth. Dental implants look, fit, and feel like natural teeth. Whereas other replacement options can lead to bone deterioration, implants actually prevent bone loss while stimulating bone growth.
  • Excellent Track Record. Implants have repeatedly been shown to have reliable, long-term success rates. For that reason, they are considered “more predictable” than bridgework and dentures.
  • Greater Ease. Some patients find it difficult to adjust to dentures. Implants don’t slip or slide and truly are just like having natural teeth. For that reason, patients who are good candidates for implants should view them as the preferred treatment option.

Ready to replace your missing teeth with one or more dental implants? If so, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us today! We have two convenient locations in West Columbus and Westerville.