Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. The post of the implant is placed into your jawbone and the two eventually fuse together and perform the function of a root. The replacement tooth is attached to the post – it can be permanent or removable – and can be treated the same as your natural teeth. Dental implants can improve your quality of life by making eating comfortable once again, providing you with confidence in your smile, and by protecting you from further tooth loss.
Make eating comfortable once again
Eating can be uncomfortable and difficult when you have one or more missing teeth. You have to be careful about what and how you eat to ensure that you do not hurt your gums or start eating something you cannot chew. Dental implants can improve your quality of life by making eating comfortable once again. You can treat dental implants like your natural teeth which means you can eat normally. Your favorite foods can be an option once again with the help of dental implants.
Provide you with confidence in your smile
Living with missing teeth can cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile. You may avoid smiling or interacting with others to hide the fact that you are missing some teeth. Dental implants can help you overcome those negative feelings by restoring your smile. They provide a permanent and natural looking replacement for your missing teeth.
Protect you from further tooth loss
Dental implants can also improve your quality of life by protecting you from further tooth loss. When you have teeth that are missing the bone of your jaw can start to deteriorate. Over time, this deterioration can spread and lead to further tooth loss. Dental implants stop this process from happening by fusing with your jawbone. Getting a dental implant soon after you lose a tooth can save you from dealing with additional issues down the line.
Dental implants are an excellent option for tooth replacement. The fact that they can be treated the same as your normal teeth makes them more comfortable and easier to care for than other tooth replacement options. The added benefit of providing stability to your other teeth and jawbone makes dental implants worth considering for anyone who is missing teeth. This tooth replacement option can improve your quality of life and have you eating and smiling normally once again.
It is important to note that some people are not good candidates for dental implants. The condition of your gums and jawbone both impact your candidacy for implants. You can get help determining if you are a good candidate for dental implants from a prosthodontist. Schedule a consultation and learn which tooth replacement option is best for you.
Julie C Berger, DDS, MA, FACP is a local Gettysburg dentist and a board certified prosthodontist specialist. She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.