After a long year of combating the COVID pandemic, you have several reasons to be thankful as the holidays approach. Besides spending time with your friends and loved ones, you’ll be smiling from ear to ear because you invested in dental implants. Here are 6 reasons to appreciate your new teeth as you enjoy the holidays.
1. Looks and Feels Natural
You don’t have to worry about your dentures falling out at the dinner table or hiding your smile in family pictures. Whether you replaced a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch, dental implants are the next best thing to your natural smile. You can eat your favorite foods, chat with friends, and laugh freely.
2. Eat a Variety of Foods
You know firsthand the role each tooth has when biting and chewing. Losing even one can make it difficult to eat certain foods. You won’t have to worry about skipping your favorite seasonal dishes. Dental implants can restore up to 70% of your natural biting force because they have the support of your jawbone. However, if you’ll be having any tough meats, cut them into smaller pieces to make them easier to chew.
3. Better Oral Health
Tooth loss can increase your risk of several preventable oral health issues, like tooth decay and gum disease. Your teeth can slowly shift out of position because you can lose up to 25% of your jawbone’s density within the first year of missing a tooth. A dental implant replicates both the root and crown to keep your jaw strong to maintain a healthy smile.
4. Lower Oral Health Expenses
Dental implants provide any remaining natural teeth with the support they need to lessen the risk of common problems associated with tooth loss. As a result, you’ll save money down the road because you’ll avoid needing costly treatments.
5. Long-Term Solution
Traditional tooth replacement methods have undergone several improvements to enhance their durability; however, they only last for a few years before needing to be replaced. A dental implant is proven to thrive for 30 years or more with the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene. Your new smile can last for a lifetime, so you’ll never have to budget for replacements.
6. Easy Maintenance and Care
If you plan to travel for the holidays, you can pack a little lighter because you don’t need to bring any special cleaning products. You care for dental implants like your real teeth, so it’s easy to keep your smile clean and healthy while on the go.
As you gather for the holidays, don’t forget to show your appreciation for your complete smile. Commit to brushing and flossing every day to protect your investment.
About Dr. George Knight
Dr. Knight earned his dental degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center before continuing his education in advanced dental studies, like dental implants. He has published multiple manuscripts and research findings throughout his career. If you need a reputable dentist you can trust, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.