The benefits of dental implants for tooth loss
Whether it’s from natural causes, as a result of lifestyle choices or just bad luck, losing one or more teeth is often devastating for the patient. Sometimes, due to costs or fear of the dentist, people decide to do nothing about the gap in their smile without fully understanding that the long-term consequences this may bring are more than just cosmetic.
Unfortunately, when it comes to tooth loss, the damage that occurs does not usually end there, since the surrounding jawbone and tissue can begin to recede over time, causing nearby teeth to shift towards the gap, leading to severe dental/bite instability. The impact of the resulting gap is gradual, but, if left untreated, can have a number of consequences including a change in facial definition with the jaw area and cheeks taking on a sunken appearance. Movement of the teeth either side of the gap can also lead to biting issues and interferences.
Whether it’s the loss of a single tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants Essex are a natural looking, long term solution that can help to restore your smile to better than ever before.
What Are The Advantages Of Choosing Dental Implants?
There are different options that dentists can recommend for tooth loss but the best choice for you will depend on what is most suited to your unique dental needs and what will deliver the required results. However, dental implants can provide a long list of benefits that other tooth loss solutions such as bridges and dentures can’t.
Some of the top benefits of dental implants include;
• Natural Appearance
Dental implants are designed to match the existing, original teeth so well that nobody will even know that it is a prosthetic. The colour, size, shape and fit is tailored to sit flush with the gumline and match perfectly with the surrounding teeth for beautiful, natural results.
• Just Like A Real Tooth
Dental implants not only look like real teeth but behave like them too, providing much needed stability and strength superior to other tooth loss solutions thanks to the way the implant is anchored like a natural root. This restores patients’ bite force to more or less the same as what it would be with all their natural teeth.
• Can Help Prevent Bone Loss
When someone loses a tooth or teeth, they also lose bone mass around the site of the missing tooth. The jawbone needs stimulation from the connection of the teeth from things such as chewing in order to maintain its mass. However, without the tooth and root there to encourage this, the bone resorbs into the body. Dental implants help to stimulate and encourage the growth of new bone as well as preventing future bone loss from occurring.
• Supports Your Face Shape
Over time bone loss from missing teeth can lead to peoples face developing a sunken appearance and changing the shape of the face to make them appear older than they are. Dental implants replaces the support that was given from your missing teeth to keep your jaw bones strong and preserve the structure of your face.
• They Are Long Lasting
Dental implants are considered a long-term tooth loss solution and just like natural teeth they have the potential to last a lifetime if they are properly cared for. Proper cleaning, care, maintenance and dental check-ups/hygiene appointments can mean that your dental implants last the rest of your life.
• More Cost Effective Than People Think
The initial cost of dental implants is something that can cause people to opt for an alternative, less favourable solution thinking that it’s saving them money. However, not only are other restorations less effective than dental implants but they do not last as long and can need corrective treatments and replacements that over the years in fact make them more expensive. Dental implants can last decades with no issues if properly looked after, making the cost the average cost over their lifetime much cheaper.
• Carry On As You Were
One of the biggest issues for those trying alternative tooth loss solutions such as dentures, is how it still negatively affects their daily lives worrying about slippage, what they can and cannot eat, being self-conscious about talking and laughing in front of people in case they shift in the mouth. Dental implants are firmly anchored and look and behave just like a real tooth so patients never need to feel self-conscious and can eat, drink and smile just as they would have before they lost their tooth/teeth.
• Easy To Care For
Dental implants don’t require any special products or maintenance. Simply brush, floss and care for them as you would your real teeth with regular dental check-ups and hygiene appointments to help keep them plaque free and healthy for years and years.
Register for our Implant Open Night
You can find out more about dental implants by attending our upcoming Implant Open Night on Tuesday 14th September. You’ll hear more about Straumann, the renowned Swiss dental implant system, which our specialists recommend to restore missing teeth with effective, lasting results.
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