Your teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes they don’t! Replacing missing teeth is important to your general health and to the health of your other teeth. Not only do you lose chewing ability when a tooth is lost, but un-replaced teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped, or crowded and create subsequent problems.
Also, there are obvious problems of poor appearance and loss of self-esteem caused by one or more missing teeth. Dental implants should always be considered as an option to replace a failing or missing tooth.
Replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used for treating missing teeth for more than 50 years and is recognised as an effective treatment choice. Treatment is considered more predictable than bridgework, resin bonded bridges and endodontic treatment.
Dental implants are an excellent solution for the millions of people who have permanently lost a single tooth, many teeth or for those who use dentures. Made of materials that are compatible with human bone and tissue, dental implants provide artificial teeth that look natural and feel secure. They can also be used to attach full or partial dentures.
Dental implants offer many advantages over conventional dentures and bridges, which are often uncomfortable and, due to slippages and clicks, limit a person’s ability to speak and eat normally. Because of this, many people feel self-conscious wearing their dentures. Dental implants can greatly enhance a person’s quality of life by providing the following:
- Restoring normal chewing and speaking functions.
- Increasing your confidence by replacing teeth that won’t move or loosen and have the same look, feel, and function as your natural teeth.
- Eliminating irritated and painful gums, as well as damaging pressure on remaining natural teeth caused by dentures.
- Helping to stop the progressive bone loss and shrinkage of your jawbone by “mimicking” the roots of natural teeth.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Because the implants fuse to the jawbone and offer a secure base for the replacement teeth, some patients find this a comfortable option in restoring their smile. In many cases, implant-retained teeth look and feel more like natural teeth.
What are the consequences of tooth loss?
Throughout the course of life, teeth are lost for many reasons.
Missing teeth at the front of your mouth can result in a visible defect affecting the appearance of your smile, your self-confidence, and possibly your speech. Missing teeth at the back of your mouth can affect your bite, your face, and your ability to eat. If untreated, missing teeth can cause loss of bone in the jaw and can affect the position of surrounding teeth.
For your unanswered questions please feel free to contact us or book your implant consultation at Burlington Dental Practice.