Dental implants are often one of the first solutions a dentist will offer a patient who is missing one tooth or more. They are a far more desirable option than dentures or dental bridges, because they are permanent and require the same level of cleaning and maintenance as natural teeth. There are plenty of other benefits to be had by choosing dental implants over other cosmetic dental treatments and practical dental solutions. Here is why you should consider dental implants to rectify missing teeth:
1. They look & behave like natural teeth
Dental implants are designed to look like a natural tooth. From a bespoke shape to an exact colour match, dental implants are made specifically for you, as an individual, so they will look exactly like all of your other teeth. A common misconception is that they will come in a bright white colour, meaning they will be sure to stand out from your natural teeth. However, it is quite the opposite.
Your dentist will do their utmost to colour-match your dental implant(s) to the rest of your teeth, so no one will notice the difference. You will also be able to benefit from conventional tooth functionality. You will be able to bite, chew, smile, laugh and talk without having to worry about cracking or damaging your dental implant. This is because they are designed to be as strong as a healthy, natural tooth.
2. They can help mitigate the possibility of bone loss
One of the side effects of having a tooth removed is that the bone mass and density can be affected if it sits in the vicinity of the tooth in question. This is because there is no longer a tooth root present to encourage the bone to strengthen around it, as this is what will keep your teeth strong and in place for a lifetime.
By fitting a dental implant, it will have to be placed into your jaw bone which, in turn, will stimulate new bone growth and strength; a process also known as osseointegration. In short, a dental implant will help to restore and retain jaw bone strength and integrity for the foreseeable future.
3. They enable face structure to be restored & maintained
Although this isn’t usually the case if you are missing one or two teeth, if you are missing several, especially down one side of your jaw, then it could affect your facial structure. This makes it obvious to others that you are, perhaps, missing more than one tooth and this in itself can prove to have a negative effect on confidence and self-esteem.
By replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, you will be able to restore your face shape, ensuring your cheeks and lips retain their natural shape. Where dentures are able to do the same thing, this isn’t a convenient option for those who still have most of their teeth left. If you are finding that your face structure is starting to change, then consider dental implants to help bring your face shape back to a natural, healthy state.
4. They are long-lasting & hard-wearing
Dental implants are designed to behave like natural teeth, as already touched upon. With this in mind, it is not surprising that dental implants are incredibly long-lasting and hard-wearing. They provide an incredibly durable solution to what can seem like, to the patient, a problem that cannot be rectified.
Dental implants can last for at least twenty years, but they can last for as long as forty years with the right care and maintenance, which is an incredibly easy process. This is why dental implants are a more viable option if you are looking for longevity, especially when compared to dental bridges, which only seem to last for around ten years or so before a replacement is needed.
The implant itself is made from, typically, titanium and this is subsequently implanted into the jaw bone. If this is done successfully, it will look, feel and act just like your other natural, healthy teeth. With expert design and manufacturing, together with robust materials and sturdy placement, dental implants are the ultimate solution if you are looking for a practical, long-lasting solution for missing teeth.
5. There are not any restrictions on the foods you can eat
Thanks to their hard-wearing properties, you won’t have to restrict the foods you eat, as you would with dental bridges or dentures. Dental implants are made from titanium, meaning that not even a piece of toffee could negatively impact its integrity. However, just as you would for your natural teeth, you should still be aware of the foods you are eating so as to protect them from unnecessary wear.
That being said, with dental implants, you should be able to eat all of your favourite foods, no matter how tough or hard it might be. The only thing you would have to watch out for are foods or beverages that could stain the teeth, such as wine or coffee, for example. To help keep stains at bay, make sure you pay regular visits to your dental hygienist. It is recommended that you go twice a year to ensure optimum oral health in addition to brushing them at least twice a day at home.
6. They are easy & straightforward to look after
As already touched upon, dental implants are extremely easy to look after. All you have to do is treat them as though they are your natural teeth. Carry on doing what you can to keep your mouth clean. Despite the fact that they are actually fake, they are still subject to wear and if food becomes trapped between your dental implant and your natural teeth, it could end up corroding your surrounding natural teeth.
To ensure the overall health and hygiene of your mouth, make sure you clean your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time, floss regularly and visit your dental hygienist twice a year. Not only does this make sure your dental implants last as long as possible, it also means your natural teeth are well looked after which can mitigate further tooth loss in the future.
Quorn Dental Practice and Implant Clinic is pleased to provide patients throughout Loughborough and the surrounding areas with excellent dental implant treatments that will stand the test of time. We pride ourselves on delivering specialist care, making sure our patients are comfortable and experience unrivalled customer service when they need it most. If you would like further information about the dental implant treatment Quorn Dental Practice and Implant Clinic have available, or to discuss cosmetic dental treatments and alternative solutions to missing teeth, such as dentures and dental bridges, then get in touch with us today – we are always happy to hear from you.