Benefits of Treating Tooth Loss with Dental Implants
Tooth loss is more common that you might think. There can be many reasons why someone loses a natural tooth, but severe decay and infection are two of the most common. And while we should do everything possible to help you to retain your natural teeth, there are circumstances in which extraction really is the best option.
Nobody wants to live with a gap in their smile. It may look obvious and make you feel self-conscious about your appearance, but equally it can affect your ability to use your teeth normally. Fortunately, there are a number of solutions that can be used to replace missing teeth. One of the most popular is dental implants. Dental implants combine porcelain crowns with titanium posts that act as a root for the tooth and are embedded in the jawbone. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth, or an entire arch. Implants are widely considered to be the most versatile and effective tooth loss solution. Here are some of the benefits of treating tooth loss with dental implants.
Most people know that the roots of the teeth supply them with the blood and nutrients that they need to be healthy, while also helping to anchor the teeth securely into their sockets. However, roots also play an important role in the strength and durability of your jawbone. This is because the roots stimulate the jawbone, keeping it healthy. When teeth fall out or are extracted, this stimulation no longer takes place and over time, the bone in the jaw can deteriorate. This can cause your face shape to change too.
Unsurprisingly, missing teeth can seriously compromise the way that you eat and even speak. Dental implants are one of the best ways of restoring the full function of your teeth without compromise. This is because unlike with bridges and dentures, you don’t need to worry about eating sticky, chewy or hard foods – your implants will stay in place regardless of what foods you consume.
Chances are that you probably don’t want other people to know that you have lost one or more of your teeth. If you replace them with dental implants, they never have to. Not only do dental implants look and feel more like natural teeth than any other solution, they are also much more stable and secure. This means that they won’t slip and slide around when you eat, talk, laugh or sneeze.
You are going to be relying on your tooth replacement solution for virtually all of your waking hours, so comfort is essential. Unfortunately, dentures in particular can be uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. Resting on the gum and secured with adhesive, the muscles of your tongue and cheeks also help hold dentures in place. This can cause them to become achy and tired. Meanwhile, poorly-fitting dentures can rub against the mouth and gums, causing sore areas and even breaking the skin. Dental implants are completely standalone, fixed securely and do not have parts that rub or irritate other parts of your mouth. Most patients find that a few days after their implants are fully healed, they can’t feel them at all.
Another very popular benefit of dental implants is that they require minimal maintenance. Since they are permanently secured to the jaw, they don’t need to be removed for you to take care of them. You can brush and floss your dental implants just as you would regular teeth. They are also very robust, meaning that there is minimal maintenance required. In most cases, patients can just have their dental implants checked by their dentist at their routine visits.
To learn about more of the benefits of treating tooth loss with dental implants, please contact Belviso Oral & Facial Surgery today at (212) 606-2345 to schedule a Dental Implants Consultation.