It’s human nature to want good oral health and a great natural smile. After all, our teeth are among the first things many people notice when first impressions are being made. For teeth repair and replacement, dental implants can be a valuable treatment option.
Basically, dental implants are replacement tooth roots which are set into the tooth sockets of missing or damaged teeth and affixed to the jawbone. After healing, they provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth, and are made to match your natural teeth.
Benefits and advantages
There are numerous benefits and advantages to dental implants. These include improved appearance: dental implants look and feel like your own teeth, and because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent. Improved speech: with poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip. Improved comfort- because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures. Easier eating: sliding dentures can make chewing difficult, but dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
Other benefits include improved self-esteem: replacing missing teeth is important: to your overall health and also to the health of your other teeth. When natural teeth are missing, you lose chewing ability, and unreplaced teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped or crowded. Missing a tooth, or teeth, creates problem after problem after problem. Dental implants can restore your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene. Durability: implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime. Convenience: removable dentures are exactly that. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy glues to keep them in place.
Dental implants have been shown to slow, stop and even reverse bone loss in adults. Osteoporosis is the loss of bone material in the body. The jaw is one of the first places osteoporosis is often detected, and can lead to loss of teeth. It’s obvious that the more teeth we have, the better we can chew- and the better we can chew, the stronger our jaw bones will be. Implants work to keep surrounding teeth strong and healthy.
Having missing teeth can be embarrassing, and if left untreated, can become a serious problem. Replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used for treating patients with missing teeth for more than 50 years, and is recognized as the standard of care for tooth replacement. If your mouth is healthy, your smile will reflect that!