Dental implants are renowned for being the next best thing to a natural tooth – but perhaps you’re wondering what the reasons are behind their stellar reputation? We’ve compiled a list for you, outlining why dental implants are the best solution to a missing tooth….
They’re the only way to prevent jawbone loss
Many people do not realise that bone loss inevitably follows tooth loss as the jawbone needs continuous stimulation from your teeth carrying out actions like chewing, for example. A single tooth can start this process and in turn, cause the jawbone to resorb or melt away resulting in certain facial features changing to give a prematurely aged appearance – such changes include sunken cheeks and a protruding jawbone. Dental implants are the only way to prevent this from happening and dentures can actually accelerate the process of resorption.
They restore function to 100%
It’s difficult to fathom how anything could possibly match up to a real tooth in terms of function, but as dental implants fuse directly with your jawbone, they effectively become a natural and permanent part of you. You’ll be able to chew and eat as you would with your natural teeth with no restrictions on your diet as opposed to dentures where certain harder foods can cause damage.
Easy to look after
Dental implants can be maintained in the same way as natural teeth which means brushing twice a day for 2 minutes each time and flossing regularly to remove bacteria from below the gumline area. Remember that it’s important to also attend annual check-up appointments with your dentist and hygienist to prevent any problems with your teeth, gums and general oral and dental hygiene.
A permanent solution
Dental implants become a part of you, making them a permanent solution to tooth loss. Unlike other methods of tooth replacement such as dentures and bridgework which may need to be replaced overtime, correctly maintained implants can last a lifetime, in fact studies have shown that dental implants have a survival rate of between 73.4% and 100% after 10 years.
Fixed and aesthetic solution to be confident about
Here at Smile Up we can create carefully hand-crafted crowns to place over your dental implants, providing the aesthetic part of the implant. As dental implants are fixed, you won’t have to worry about any potential embarrassment such as them falling out which can often happen with dentures. A missing tooth can seriously impact upon your desire to smile, particularly if the tooth you have missing is part of the ‘social six’, referring to the teeth most visible when you smile. Arguably, the most significant benefit of replacing a missing tooth with dental implants is the difference it will make to your confidence and volition to smile.
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