A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is surgically placed in your mouth to support dental prostheses like a denture, a bridge or a crown. The "root" of the artificial tooth is made from titanium metal and is fused in the jawbone to serve as the root for the missing tooth. So why do most patients choose this restorative procedure? Is it right for you?  We take a look at some important things you should know.

They feel and look natural

In appearance and feel, dental implants look exactly like the other teeth in your dental collection. They are customized to fit and look like the rest of the teeth largely because they are fused to the bone. The crown is specially designed to resemble the other teeth, and no one can be able to know which are real and which aren't. When you smile, your friends will not be able to distinguish a dental implant from your natural teeth because they are made to fit in your unique mouth shape and size perfectly. 

They're Cost-effective

Chances that you will be visiting your dentist more often after dental implants are very unlikely. Once done, dental implants will last longer due to their quality. This will translate into cost effectiveness as you do not have to incur extra expenses in retouches and readjustments. Unlike dentures which might slip while talking or eating, implants are firmly fused into the jaw bone making them have a long shelf life.

They can promote long-term health

Dental implants are a long-term plan for your overall oral health. Unlike other tooth replacement procedures that only focus on replacing the crown of the tooth, dental implants focus on the root of the tooth. Therefore apart from it reducing the slipping associated with dentures, it will stimulate bone formation. The other options will eventually lead to bone loss as the body senses that a tooth is missing.

They make eating easier

Eating can be made difficult by some other replacement procedures such as dentures, which are likely to slip. Dental implants are firmly placed in the jawbone and will allow you to naturally eat, and even apply the same bite force as you would with your real teeth. So you don't have to miss on your favourite meals because of dental implants.

Overall, implants will protect the other healthy teeth as they are independently fused to the jaw bone. After knowing the initial costs associated with dental implants, carefully consider the long-term cost-effectiveness, the quality of your life with dental implants, and the long-term health aspects. You will be able to decide if they are right for you.