There are many reasons why one would seek out dental implants, namely we are not all blessed with picture perfect, healthy teeth and gums. Dental implants can help improve the look of your teeth, improve speech, improve eating, and improve oral health among other things. Implants differ from dentures in many ways, but most importantly they cannot be removed every night and placed on your nightstand.
Dental implants are replacement teeth roots made from titanium. Implants can either be fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that provide a strong foundation in your gum and match your other teeth. Implants are an alternative to crowns and dentures, though there are features on dental implants that have attachments in order for the tooth to me removed.
Having a healthy smile has many aesthetic benefits as well as boosts confidence. Your body and face are designed with teeth in mind, meaning if you have teeth missing or removable teeth your face will be shaped differently. Implants keep your skin taut and face firm, without the obvious after affects that plastic surgery or Botox leave. Your overall facial structure is improved when all of your teeth are in the correct place and are healthy. When your natural teeth are compromised or missing, especially when there are multiple teeth missing there is nothing available in the jaw bone to stimulate growth. This is detrimental to your health because the human bod recognizes the jaw bone as unnecessary and begins to dissolve it away, moving the minerals to other parts of your body. This will result, sometimes very quickly, in facial collapse. The lip folds in and the chin shrivels, creating a “witches chin” – making the face appear much older than it really is. With dental implants this worry is virtually eliminate and can put 20 years back into your smile!
Your teeth can be restored in as little as one procedure with dental implants and they are a lifelong solution to the painful and embarrassing problem of missing or failing teeth. You will be able to chew more easily, your overall comfort will be enhanced and your teeth will be more stable. When you are able to eat what you want, when you want and look the way you want you will feel better, and your self-esteem will get a boost as well. When you are pain free, you are worry free because there is nothing to be ashamed of. Laughing and smiling are two of life’s greatest pleasures, when you are constantly hiding the way your teeth and mouth looks laughing and smiling become moments when you feel ashamed of the way you look.
Implants also improve overall health and eliminate the possibility of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a bacteria induced chronic infection and inflammatory disease. If you do not visit the dentist and the disease is left unchecked it can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, heart attack, stroke, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Implants will improve the health of your mouth and because they act as natural teeth; caring for them and cleaning them are done in the exact same manner – brushing and flossing twice daily and regular checkups with your dentist.
With dental implants, a smile is more natural and so is the tooth function. The result is increased comfort and confidence when smiling, speaking, and eating. If dentures and partials are replaced with implant-supported teeth, the overall enhancement in quality of life is even more significant, with an ability to eat all types of foods, even crunchy or sticky snacks. And if you’re a denture or bridge wearer, you’ll never have to deal with messy adhesives or cleaning cups. Implants can be expensive but when it comes to confidence, eating right, facial structure and overall health dental implants surely seem worth it.