Dental implants are probably the most life changing of all the developments in modern dentistry because they reverse all the bad things around tooth loss and restore your appearance, your ability to eat whatever you want, and — most importantly of all — your confidence, all in one go.
That’s no small feat considering people with missing teeth consistently report feeling anxious about how they look. It’s true that there are alternative options for missing teeth such as dentures or bridges, but what you get with implants feels like having your natural tooth back and as far as your body is concerned it is a natural tooth — your jaw treats the implant like a tooth root and grows around it. If you have lived with missing teeth for some time your jaw bone will have decreased in size, which can have an ageing effect, so reversing that process can do wonders for your vitality too.
Looked after properly a dental implant should last a lifetime, so it’s an investment that will really pay you back in terms of the quality of the life you enjoy. They’re a particularly good option if you’ve lost all of your teeth because a full denture can potentially be held in place with 4 or 6 implants. You get to go back to how life was with a full set of natural teeth. Remember that?