Missing teeth can seriously impact your self-confidence, particularly if the gap in your teeth is visible when you smile or speak. Because of this, patients who are missing teeth frequently avoid social situations and try not to show their teeth when they speak or smile.
Thankfully, dental implants can restore your confidence by providing a permanent solution that looks and functions just like your natural teeth.
Sometimes, people believe that missing teeth aren’t a big deal, particularly if the gaps are in the back of the mouth, where they aren’t visible to others. But tooth loss isn’t just a cosmetic issue. It may lead to serious physical consequences, too.
Some of the physical consequences of missing teeth may include:
Additionally, because patients frequently change their diet to accommodate tooth loss, missing teeth may also be linked to serious health conditions like diabetes, kidney disease, obesity, cancer, and gastrointestinal problems.
Any time you lose a tooth, you will experience bone loss. If you’ve had a tooth extracted, you probably noticed a dip in your jawbone immediately after your tooth was removed. Without an implant, that bone loss continues to occur. That’s because the bone cells in your jaw require stimulation at the root of your tooth to continue to grow and multiply. Implants provide that stimulation when you bite and chew your food, thus preventing further bone loss.
Dental implants are the healthiest, most natural looking, and most long-term solution you can choose to replace your missing teeth. In addition to promoting the stability and health of your jaw, dental implants look and function exactly like your natural teeth. You’ll have the confidence to show off your smile, and you can eat all the foods you’ve been missing, too!
We are often asked what the difference is between dental implants and traditional dentures for patients who have lost all their teeth or need to have their remaining teeth removed. While dentures are always an option and come at a lower initial cost, this is certainly a case where you get what you pay for.
Although traditional dentures do provide patients with some functionality and the cosmetic appearance of a full set of teeth, there are many problems associated with them, the most serious of which is that unlike dental implants, they do not prevent bone loss. Dentures must also be removed and cleaned every day and are prone to slipping, creating an embarrassing situation if this occurs while you are speaking or eating. Plus, they can be uncomfortable to wear.
Implants, on the other hand, are a permanent solution that looks and functions just like your natural teeth. We’ll create dentures that are secured to a series of implants in both your upper and lower jaw, so you’ll never have to worry about removing or cleaning your dentures again. Just care for them as you would your natural teeth!
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