Have you ever cracked, chipped or lost a tooth?
It’s easily done. Eating food, falling over, and any kind of facial trauma are just a few reasons you might be missing a tooth or two!
You wouldn’t be alone either. 120 million people have a tooth missing in the US. That same source states that 30 million Americans actually have no teeth at all. That’s a lot of people around the United States with gaps in their mouths!
Unfortunately, losing a tooth can have all sorts of negative effects. People commonly complain of poor self-esteem, a reluctance to show their smile, and/or having issues with their eating.
Likewise, some forms of treatment for missing teeth (such as dentures and bridges) pack their own set of problems. For example, you might struggle to eat your favorite foods or worry about having denture-related mishaps in public.
Dental implants are a great way to tackle the issues of missing teeth. Indeed, 3 million people in the US already have them! Why? Because there are major advantages to having them fitted.
Keep on reading to learn all about the benefits of dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
First, let’s take a quick look at what dental implants actually are.
Dental implants are a modern alternative to older, less effective solutions to missing teeth. They’re replacement roots, made out of titanium, which is inserted tightly into the bones. Mimicking the role of an ordinary tooth, into these new roots are placed bridges, crowns or dentures.
It’s like getting a brand new, metal tooth that looks, feels and acts exactly as an ordinary tooth would.
The 9 Top Benefits of Dental Implants
Now we know what dental implants are, let’s turn to the benefits they have to offer. Here are 10 of the key advantages of having dental implants.
1. Enhanced Aesthetics
Personal appearance is often one of the greatest concerns for people who are missing one or more of their teeth.
People can often feel less attractive and become reluctant to smile in public. The missing teeth can become a source of extreme stress and shame.
Dental implants offer a way of taking all those negative feelings away. With brand new teeth fitted and acting as normal, it’ll be exactly like having a full set of teeth again. They look great and come with none of the aesthetic issues that can accompany dentures. For example, your implants will stay in place rather than coming out and moving around in the mouth.
It would be easy to forget you ever missed a tooth in the first place!
2. You Smile More
That increase in confidence and self-esteem makes you more likely to smile.
You’ll feel better in yourself, which makes smiling automatically more likely. You’ll be wanting to show off your brand new set of pearly whites too!
The knock-on effects of smiling more are all positive. Smiling improves your relationships, makes you more likable, and actually makes you live longer.
3. Long Lifespan
Dental implants are amazingly durable. Indeed, they have the potential to last a lifetime.
With the right care, they will stay in place for as long as you need them to. This is in comparison to alternative treatments, such as bridges. Bridges can last for around a decade and will require replacing. That isn’t the case with implants.
The reason for that is in part to do with the nature of the materials used (titanium), plus their integration with your jaw. The compatibility of implants with your body means they’re unlikely to be rejected either.
That all adds up to a new tooth that will last you an exceptionally long time.
4. No Gum Disease
Anyone who has lost a tooth will know how easy it is to get food caught in the gaps.
The bacteria that can build up, as a result, can easily lead to gum disease. Gum disease is a significant issue in the United States. It’s estimated that almost half of Americans suffer from it.
That’s almost 65 million people! And the implications of gum disease aren’t pleasant. Think inflammation, pain, and an increased chance of getting diseases like diabetes.
Likewise, it becomes a slippery slope: gum disease can itself lead to tooth loss. You lose a tooth and have a higher chance of getting gum disease, which then increases your chance of losing further teeth.
Dental implants plug the gap between your teeth and function as an ordinary tooth would. This reduces your chances of gum disease.
5. No Bone Loss
The bone of your jaw is somewhat reliant on the teeth affixed there.
Having missing teeth removes the stimulation the bone would otherwise get. That dip in stimulation causes the bone to deteriorate in the space left behind.
A significant amount of bone will be lost unless an implant is fitted within a year of losing the original tooth. The implant works as a tooth and provides the stimulation required for bone growth.
6. Greater Functionality (Versus Dentures)
We’ve all heard the horror stories related to dentures.
Now, it’s true that properly fitted dentures can work well. And they’ve long been the go-to solution to missing teeth. But, in truth, they’re far from the best way to counter the problem.
Among other issues, they’re uncomfortable, slip around the mouth, and make it harder to eat certain foods. Then there’s the maintenance and upkeep involved.
Dental implants offer a great alternative. They don’t require any adhesive, nor do they have to be removed for cleaning. Moreover, there’s no risk of them falling out, and they don’t entail the covering of the roof of your mouth.
Eating is easier too. Dentures can move and make noise. Equally, they might not have the chewing power required to eat certain foods. Implants face none of these issues.
7. Improved Speech
Losing a tooth can have a negative impact on your speech, such as causing a lisp.
That won’t happen all the time. It depends on where you lose the tooth. However, it does happen and dental implants offer a solution to the issue.
Likewise, dentures can also lead to certain speech-related problems. Where they move and slip it can be more difficult to pronounce certain words and speak without slurring and mumbling. Obviously, this will never be a problem with implants, which essentially gives you an actual tooth.
8. Enhanced Chewing Ability
There’s nothing worse than losing the ability to eat your favorite food.
That can sometimes happen when you lose your teeth. Even with dentures, you may lack the means to grind your teeth together properly. Equally, missing a front tooth may make it far harder to cut through certain times of food too.
Dental implants restore this capacity. You’ll be able to eat whatever you want to again! Similarly, your chewing capabilities with implants are better than dentures. We mentioned this previously but it’s worth reemphasizing!
Simply, dentures don’t allow you to eat everything you might want to. They may not be strong enough or move around too much in your mouth. Implants suffer none of these flaws.
9. Preserves Surrounding Teeth
Losing a tooth can create numerous problems. The gap left between your teeth can be one of them.
That gap can lead to the adjacent teeth slowly moving into this space. Space is there and the teeth move into it, pulling them out of position. The result of this is a potential alteration to your overall bite. It will affect your ability to chew and impact how it feels to clench your teeth.
More debilitating though is the potential problem that can cause to your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This, in turn, can cause pain, discomfort and result in headaches.
Having dental implants prevents this problem. Remember, you’re essentially plugging that gap. This stops the adjacent teeth from moving and means you’ll avoid the ensuing oral challenges.
The prevention of such issues speaks to the benefits of getting implants sooner rather than later. The longer the gap is in place, the greater the likelihood of problems occurring.
Time to Wrap Up
There you have it: the 9 top benefits of dental implants.
Tooth loss is a significant part of American life. Millions of people are missing their teeth! Thankfully, implants offer a solution to the problem.
Implants can help people feel confident in their appearance again, which will lead to happier, smiley individuals. Implants last a long time too, will help prevent gum disease, and stop the loss of bone.
They’ll have greater functionality over alternative forms of tooth replacement, and help improve your speech in the process. Next, dental implants help you chew your food, and, finally, will preserve your surrounding teeth from further damage.
Hopefully, knowing these benefits will persuade you to reap the rewards for yourself!
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