Dental implant restorations represent one of the most extraordinary advances in cosmetic dentistry. They fulfill many of the functions that natural teeth do while minimizing the drawbacks that artificial teeth impress upon the mouth as a whole.
The trick to understanding why our patients prefer implants over other restoration options is to learn about the many advantages that
implants can bring. Let’s explore these benefits to give you a better understanding of how they may benefit your smile and overall oral health.
Why Replace Lost or Missing Teeth?
- The American College of Prosthodontists cites that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and that 35 million Americans have no teeth at all.
- These statistics become even more startling when you realize how easy it is to lose a tooth. The consequences of a lost tooth and the failure to replace the missing tooth with a prosthetic become grave as a person ages.
- The most immediate reason to replace a missing tooth revolves around the way that the bare gums are not meant to chew. Trying to chew on them can lead to damage of the soft tissue, embedding of hard foods into the gum line and damage to any remaining teeth.
- The medium to long term impact of missing teeth range from changes in the diet to gum erosion. People who are missing teeth tend to chose diets with softer foods, which typically involves an increase in sugar and fat intake. This can lead to diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure and so on.
- It can also lead to gum erosion, which in turn leads to further tooth loss. The lack of feedback upon the gums from chewing signals for the body to begin absorbing bone tissue.
- Untreated tooth loss can also lead to a sort of shame that leads a person to be more prone to depression. It can also impact social influences, which can range from a loss of romantic interests to a barrier for career advancement.Implants are an amazing solution to these problems.
What Are Tooth Implants?
- Tooth implants come in a variety of sizes, shapes and designs. The type of implant you require will depend upon how many teeth you may be missing, the location of the missing teeth and other factors.
- A single missing molar, for example, may need to be replace by a two-part implant. One portion is embedded in the bone while the other is attached to the abutment to act as a replacement tooth.
- Patients missing all or a majority of their teeth in a quadrant may benefit from using a combination of permanent dentures and implants. This can allow the dentures to be anchored to the jaw, which in turn allows them to act more like real teeth.
Why Choose Implants?
One of the most common questions we get involves why patients should opt for this type of restoration.
Some reasons to choose implant restorations include:
Preventing further tooth problems – Once one tooth has been lost, teeth begin to shift and bone begins to erode. Implants can reduce these negative side effects by acting just like natural teeth would.
Long-term replacement for missing teeth – Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. Dental bridges, on the other hand, are designed to last a maximum of five to ten years. Larger bridges tend to last a shorter time, but larger implant-based restorations tend to remain with the patient for the rest of his or her life.
Eating without pain or discomfort – Because implants can fulfill the physical functions of teeth, it’s possible to eat the foods you desire without worrying abut pain or discomfort. This means that you can eat crunchy, wholesome foods without being forced to rely on foods that are comfortable but unhealthy to eat.
Improving your self-confidence and self-image – Implants restore teeth without forcing you to have removable parts added to your mouth. This can greatly enhance your image, which in turn can help boost your self-confidence.
Heightened oral health – Because implants act much like real teeth, they can help prevent a number of afflictions that people with missing teeth tend to experience. This includes stopping teeth spacing issues, preventing bone erosion and so on.
Are Implants Right for You?
Implant restorations represent one of the most advanced and versatile solutions for missing teeth. This dental restoration technique can do everything from restoring the function of missing teeth to making your smile look more beautiful than ever before.
To learn more about what restorations can do for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation appointment. We can assess your unique needs, present you with a number of options, and help you pick the best dental restoration option that fits your situation.