Good teeth are essential for health and happiness. Unfortunately, people sometimes lose one or more teeth and require a suitable substitute. Removable dentures have been around for a long time and while they can be a viable choice, many people choose dental implants for a more natural feel and functionality. Dental implants really can make your world a better place!
Dental implants function much more like natural teeth than anything removable. Once anchored in the bone, they act much like the roots of natural teeth which prevent jaw bone facial structure from melting away. Single tooth replacements with implants can reduce the stress on adjacent natural teeth to help prevent further tooth shifting and loss. Replacing a single tooth with a dental implant is often the most natural tooth replacement that doesn’t involve making crowns for adjacent teeth.
Missing all your teeth? You’ve never had so many options. If your teeth are in such bad shape that it’s no longer worth trying to save them, today we can often remove the teeth and replace them with implants with fixed teeth all at the same time. You never have to be without fixed teeth. Other options are to use as few as two implants to help anchor a removable denture in place. You can snap the denture on and off of the implants, but no one else will know.
Dental implants can help you eat the foods you crave without embarrassment. Bring on the salads, carrots, and steaks! Unlike with a removable upper full denture, with fixed teeth held in by implants there is usually nothing covering the palate. You can taste and enjoy foods normally. Fixed teeth held in with dental implants, such as the TeethXpress or All-on-4 procedures avoid the slippage that occurs with conventional removable dentures. You no longer need to avoid eating in public or going out socially.
Fixed dental implants and a great new smile can preserve the structure of your face which can make you look and feel younger. You can regain confidence to network and make new friends, date more, explore new activities, and even go after that new job or promotion. Your world only gets better!
Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.