How do you replace your missing teeth? If you lose a tooth in between several remaining teeth, your dentist may put in a bridge that’s supported by your other teeth. If you’ve lost many more teeth in a row, it may be necessary for you to get dentures. Nowadays, however, more dental patients are realizing the benefits of just getting dental implants instead.
An implant is basically a screw installed through your gums and into your jawbone. It acts as the root of your replacement tooth and you have a crown on top of the implant. The implants can also be used to secure a bridge or even an entire set of dentures.
Why go with dental implants over more traditional options like bridges and dentures? As more and more people have discovered to their joy, dental implants offer advantages that other treatment options don’t:
- It feels much more comfortable and natural. You don’t have metal wires around your other teeth, or plastic parts that cover your gums and the roof of your mouth. It just feels better since the design mimics the natural setup of teeth more accurately.
- You can talk better. Dentures seem to fill up your mouth strangely, and they can slip in place. This can cause you to mumble and slur your words. With implants, you don’t need too much time to adjust learning how to speak properly again.
- Eating becomes a much more enjoyable experience. The tendency of dentures to slide around makes eating rather difficult. It may even feel painful, and you get this rather unpleasant feeling of having food stuck in between the dentures and your gums. With implants, you get steadier teeth and you’re able to exert more force when you bite and chew your food. You’re better able to taste your food once again, without all that plastic inside your mouth.
- Implants can last a lifetime. You need to have your dentures replaced after several years. With implants, however, you get tooth replacements that can last a lifetime. The implants are designed to fuse with your bone, so they’re pretty much permanent.
- You can gain more confidence in your smile. It’s not only that you’ve replaced your missing teeth that you become more confident. It’s also the fact that the implants keep the replacement teeth securely in place. There’s no risk that your dentures will slip off when you sneeze or even laugh out loud. That can be embarrassing when it happens in a workplace or social function, but it’ll never happen with implants. With implants, you can go on a date without risking having your teeth fall off that may turn off your date. You can also deal with subordinates and workplace clients secure in the knowledge that you don’t have slippery dentures that can affect your work.
- Installed implants are generally successful. It all depends on whether you have healthy enough gums and bone to successfully support the installation of the implant. In general, the success rate is about 98%, and you can make sure of that success by visiting your dentist regularly.
- It’snot painful. There’s very little pain or even discomfort involved in the procedure. All that’s needed is some local anesthesia. Most patients report that a tooth extraction is actually more painful than getting dental implants.
- There are no special measures to take care of dental implants. You care for them just as if they are real. You brush and floss regularly, use an antibacterial mouthwash, and visit the dentist for cleanings regularly.
All these advantages make it pretty clear that dental implants are the best options when you have missing teeth. Consult your periodontist to see if you’re a viable candidate, and you won’t regret it.