Are Dental Implants As Strong As Natural Teeth?

Some of our patients may be surprised to learn that dental implants are just as strong as natural teeth. How can something synthetic provide just as much of a benefit as something organic? And how do dental implants compare to dentures and bridges, the other tooth replacement systems on the market? Read on to learn more about how Associated Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons help dental implant patients living in Galesburg to have smiles that are as strong as natural teeth.

Dental Implants Fuse with Your Jawbone

The reason that dental implants are just as strong as natural teeth is that they fuse with your jawbone, forming a bond similar to your natural tooth root. You read that correctly. The titanium dental implant works by fusing with your jawbone to form a tight, secure connection that is just as durable as a natural tooth.

Furthermore, the tooth crown that covers the titanium rod is made of strong material, too, and is screwed into the titanium rod’s abutment. Galesburg residents who choose dental implants as their tooth replacement system have teeth that are aesthetically a pleasing and just as strong as natural teeth. They can withstand the same type of force and injury as natural teeth, and with dental implants, you can chew and eat anything you’d like!

Comparing the Strength of Dental Implants to Dentures and Dental Bridges

Many Galesburg residents who are considering replacing missing teeth or teeth that need to be extracted due to an infection or other hygienic or cosmetic reasons are often curious about the differences between their tooth replacement options: dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges. Drs. Busch, Otte, and Schroeder of AOS assure these patients that nothing compares to the strength and durability of dental implants. They’re just that superior!

For example, traditional dentures are meant to replace an arch or a mouth full of missing teeth; something dental implants can also accomplish. But traditional dentures are removable. You take them out of your mouth every night and secure them every morning with a dental paste. Since the only thing holding your dentures in place is a paste, you’re at risk for them slipping and sliding throughout the day as you speak and eat, and must avoid chewy and crunchy foods to reduce this risk.

Similarly, dental bridges, which are typically designed to replace a single missing tooth, are secured only by crowns placed on your adjacent teeth. Since there’s nothing connecting the bridge to your jawbone, bridges are at risk of cracking and breaking as you bite and chew on your favorite foods. They just aren’t as strong as your natural teeth.

Choosing Our Doctors for Dental Implants Placement

We know that the decision to move forward with dental implants isn’t an easy one for our Galesburg patients, as it does require an investment of time and resources. That’s why our doctors work with you every step of the way, from your initial consultation and throughout your bi-annual check-ups, to make sure you are well informed about your placement surgeries and routine maintenance, and that any questions you have about your dental implants are promptly answered.

To schedule an initial appointment with our doctors to discuss the possibility of getting dental implants, call our Galesburg office today at (309) 232-8252.