Tooth loss can be devastating. It not only impacts your appearance, but it can also make chewing and speaking a challenge. You might start to feel self-conscious about even smiling in public.
There are options available today that can restore your smile—and save your remaining teeth at the same time.
The Importance of Tooth Replacement
Whatever the reason for your tooth loss, it’s crucial that the space in your mouth be filled with a prosthetic one. This not only enables you to chew properly, but it can also protect you from more tooth loss. Even one missing tooth can cause the rest of the teeth in your mouth to start shifting, meaning your bite is off, and you are probably causing undue wear on your remaining teeth. In the end, you might even risk losing more teeth.
Replacing missing teeth can protect your remaining teeth, give you back the ability to chew properly and may even restore your confidence.
The Dental Implant Process
A dental implant is a post that your dentist surgically places into your jawbone where a tooth root is missing. Usually made of biocompatible titanium, the dental implant integrates with the jawbone over several months. It provides a strong, stable foundation upon which to place a dental bridge or dental crown.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Patients who opt for dental implants often find that they can enjoy the following benefits:
- Tooth stability. Unlike dentures, a dental implant is integrated into the jawbone, so patients never have to worry about an implant moving around the way a denture does.
- A more natural-looking smile. Although today’s modern dentures look much better than those your grandparents might have worn years ago, a dental implant looks more like a natural tooth.
- Easy oral care. Dental implants are not removed for cleaning the way dentures are, so all patients need to do is to brush and floss as normal. You’ll never have a cavity with your dental implants, but it’s crucial to keep an eye on gum health, so you will still need to visit the dentist twice a year for routine care.
- An unrestricted diet. If you have been living with missing teeth for a while, you probably compensated for it by chewing differently. You might even have stopped eating many healthy foods because it was just too much of a challenge. With dental implants, you can go back to eating crunchy vegetables, juicy steaks and anything else you might have been missing.
When dental implants are combined with dentures, patients can enjoy the best of both worlds. There is generally cost savings involved since fewer implants are needed; usually, four to six implants per arch are sufficient. Patients also appreciate the stability that dental implants provide to their dentures.
Learn More about Dental Implants at Western Smiles Dental Care
If you would like to explore the option of dental implants further, please contact one of our friendly team members at Western Smiles Dental Care to book a consult. One of our friendly dentsits can examine your teeth and jaw and discuss treatment options specifically for you.