There’s good news for the dental implants market: dental implants continue to increase in popularity. And it’s no wonder why: they offer many benefits including their natural appearance and potential for lifetime durability. In fact, a recent industry report shows that dental implants are driving the cosmetic implant market as the leading growth category.

There’s only one problem: dental implants aren’t really cosmetic implants.

They Certainly Are Cosmetic

Sure, dental implants are attractive. They fit into your natural gum tissue just the way natural teeth do. The gums grow up around the implant, achieving a healthy, natural appearance. Although the root of the implant is made out of titanium, the visible part of the implant is an attractive dental crown made out of an advanced ceramic which combines both strength and the appearance of tooth enamel.

In fact, dental implants are so natural in appearance that a dentist giving you an exam might not be able to tell your teeth from an implant. X-rays can tell the difference, of course. But it’s always good to mention that you have a dental implant before getting treatment from a new dentist.

Actual dental implant patient of Dr. Scott Young!

Dental Implants Are Functional

But you can’t compare dental implants to “cosmetic implants” largely because they are designed to be functional. Injectable fillers will round out your cheek, but they won’t help you chew. Dental implants, on the other hand, will help you chew.

Dental implants can function just as well as natural teeth. They are capable of helping you chew a full range of foods: you can eat all the foods you enjoyed before you lost your teeth. And you can speak normally and clearly. Even under the most rigorous of normal use, your dental implants will stay in place, allowing you to eat, talk, and laugh with confidence.

Dental implants are even capable of helping you maintain the bone structure supporting your teeth. That’s because they stimulate the bones so your body doesn’t remove the bone, as normally happens after teeth are lost.

Dental Implants Have a Long Life

But perhaps the biggest distinction between dental implants and other “cosmetic implants” is that dental implants can last a lifetime.

Most other cosmetic implants have a relatively short life span. Injectable fillers often last a year or less. Relatively long-lasting cosmetic implants like breast implants still need to be replaced fairly often. About one in five breast implant patients need to have their implants replaced in ten years. In contrast, some people have had dental implants that last for 50 years of full function.

Dental implants are the leading “cosmetic implant,” in part because they are a better investment than the other alternatives. If you are looking for a great investment in helping to improve your appearance, enjoy functional teeth, and experience long-lasting results, please call (281) 367-5559 today for an appointment at the practice of Dr. Scott Young, Purveyor of Fine Dentistry.