Many people suffer from tooth loss, typically due to tooth decay, gum disease, or injuries. If you're missing teeth, you might wonder how you can restore your smile. Today, dentures aren't the only option for those who suffer from tooth loss; dental implants are a viable treatment option for many.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
For many years, bridges and dentures were the primary options available to people who were missing teeth. Today, dental implants-- which are artificial tooth roots placed in the jaw-- serve as a foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth. The benefits of using dental implants are numerous and include:
- Improved confidence. Many people who suffer from tooth loss describe themselves as lacking in self-esteem. They often hesitate to smile and feel self-conscious about their appearance. With dental implants, patients can feel a renewed sense of confidence and smile without reservation.
- Speech improvement. If dentures are not fitted properly, they can cause speech problems, including slurring of the words. With dental implants, patients never have to worry about their dentures slipping and causing them to have difficulty speaking.
- Easier mealtimes. Denture wearers know that eating can sometimes feel like a chore. Dentures can slip, making mealtime a hassle instead of an enjoyable experience. Implants allow you to eat as you would with your natural teeth.
- Improved smile. The vast majority of implant patients will agree that their smiles have improved as a result of their implants. In fact, many feel that their overall appearance improved after getting dental implants.
- Ease of use. Dentures, while functional, are rarely described as convenient. After all, they're removable, and thus can slip out of place. They also require inconvenient adhesives. Because dental implants are treated as natural teeth, they are convenient and allow patients to bypass potentially embarrassing situations resulting from denture removal.
Caring for your dental implants
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. Fortunately, implants don't require special care; patients should care for them as they care for their natural teeth. This includes brushing at least twice daily, flossing at least once a day, and visiting the dentist for regularly scheduled check-ups and cleanings.
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Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. GettysburgCosmeticDental.com 737-334-0555