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Think about how many times per day you rely on your teeth. You use them to chew breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. You press your tongue against them to make certain sounds when you speak. There's really no doubt about it — your teeth are important, and they deserve your respect. You can pay them that respect by visiting your dentist for regular cleaning and checkup appointments. You should also call at the first sign of dental pain, tooth discoloration, or other oral health changes. Read more about dentists and dentistry here on this blog, where we dive deep into related topics.


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Are Dental Implants Better Than Real Teeth?

by April Myers

While it's not as though anyone is interested in having all of their healthy teeth swapped with dental implants, it's nonetheless a common question in people who are interested in dental implants or need them: are they as good as, or even better than real teeth? If you're curious about this, here are a few ways that dental implants can surpass real teeth. 

Immune to Decay

Unlike real teeth, you'll never need to worry about dental implants being damaged by tooth decay.

Tooth decay, except in extraordinarily rare circumstances, is always caused by bacteria. The bacteria in your mouth feed off of sugar and simple carbs and builds plaque, which erodes at dental enamel and can eventually cause cavities. This is possible because while teeth are made of bone, they are organic and contain softer tissues on the inside that can be readily damaged by bacteria and plaque.

Dental implants, on the other hand, are synthetic. They're made of resin or porcelain and titanium, which are immune to the damage that plaque can cause. As a result, you don't need to worry about cavities.

More Likely To Avoid Damage

Dental implants should be protected and cared for just like real teeth, but when it comes to sudden damage risks, they tend to do a little better than real teeth.

For example, the titanium implant itself is extraordinarily strong. When compared to the brittle quality of real teeth, titanium implants can often survive sudden impacts like a blow to the face from being punched, for example. The crown may be damaged, but the underlying implant typically survives.

Painless Crown Repairs

When a dental crown on top of a dental implant gets damaged, it's no big deal to get it fixed. Unlike having a tooth anesthetized, then drilled, filled, or even given a root canal, implant crowns can simply be removed and replaced if they experience significant damage. This doesn't require any kind of numbing and can usually be done in a single visit.

As you can see, getting dental implants can be a step up from real teeth in several ways. While you should of course take care of your real teeth as well as you can, if you end up needing one or more replaced by a dental implant, you may be pleasantly surprised at how hearty they are in comparison to your real teeth. Contact a dentist office, such as Crestwood Dental Care, if you have a need for dental implants.