While a toothless grin is cute on babies, missing teeth are not as welcome in adults. In fact, even if you have just one missing tooth, it needs to be replaced for the sake of both your smile aesthetics and your smile health. Missing teeth can cause adjacent teeth to shift out of position, which can make your oral hygiene efforts more challenging as well as disrupt your bite alignment. One hidden consequence of missing teeth, however, is bone loss. Without proper stimulation by your tooth root, the jaw can atrophy over time. This can lead to a hallowed or prematurely aged facial appearance. Fortunately, there is a solution to combat all of these missing teeth threats: dental implants. Dental implants have changed the face of modern dentistry. They are the gold standard in tooth replacement.
Dental implants include titanium screws that are surgically placed in the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots. This is an important difference from traditional dentures that don't replace the tooth root and cannot properly stimulate the jawbone while chewing. Once the implant has been allowed to heal, the screw fuses to the bone and is anchored securely into place. Prosthetic teeth, such as a crown or dentures, can then be attached to the implants. While you may be tempted to save on cost and choose traditional dentures to replace your teeth, it is worth noting the following remarkable benefits of dental implants or implant-supported dentures:
More Natural: Dental implants look, feel and function most like your natural teeth. This is an invaluable advantage towards patient confidence. Unlike dentures, you won't have to stress about your replacement teeth popping or slipping out of place. In fact, it is difficult for most people to distinguish a dental implant versus a real tooth.
Better Convenience: Dental implants can be maintained and cared for just like your natural teeth. Removable dentures and partials, on the other hand, demand extra hassle using messy adhesive creams and special cleaning regimes.
Improved Diet and Health: A common drawback to traditional dentures is dietary restrictions. While trying to avoid denture slippage due to hard-to-chew foods, many denture wearers suffer from a diet rich in carbs and low in fibrous fruits and vegetables. With dental implants, you can feel secure in your eating habits and not only eat the foods you love but also the ones that benefit your long-term health.
Want to learn more about how dental implants could benefit you? Whether you need a single tooth replacement or a full smile makeover, we can help you at Pearl Dental Care. For countless patients, the advantages of dental implants far outweigh the extra cost.
Posted on behalf of Pearl Dental Care