Dental implants are a very common type of dental treatment. They have been used since the 1970s to. Dental implants can be used to replace broken or missing teeth. Implants help people be able to eat, drink and talk to others (without embarrassing spaces in their teeth) much easier. Dental implants do not damage adjacent teeth like old fashioned bridges or partial dentures.
Dental Implants Great Value
Though some people might view dental implants as an expensive procedure, they need to understand that the long-term benefits far outweigh the costs. It is an investment that provides benefits for a life time. Other methods for replacing broken and missing teeth such as bridges or dentures often need many alterations, regular maintenance and remakes.
When teeth are broken or missing, it can do a lot of damage to someones’ self-esteem. Let’s face it, if the missing tooth is in the front you will laugh less or try to cover your mouth while laughing. Once the missing tooth is restored, a person’s self-confidence will be enhanced. It is incredible what a new smile can do for some people.
When a person is wearing plastic removable dentures, the dentures can slip around inside the mouth and cause speech problems. To hold the teeth in place, the muscles of the face will tighten up. This results in altered speech, mumbling and clicking noises. Dental implants are anchored into the jaw bone and therefore don’t move. Thus, a person will be able to speak more naturally.
Easier To Eat
Great food is one of the many wonderful pleasures in life. However, it can be difficult to enjoy certain foods when wearing old fashioned dentures. They make chewing hard and uncomfortable to do. Chewing forces are greatly diminished. With dental implant dentures, you get rock solid dentures that are anchored to implants. This make it possible to eat any type of foods and not have to worry about pain or discomfort.
Better Oral Health
Dental implants provide the recipient with an overall better oral health. The implants can be easily placed without causing any damage to other teeth. Dental bridges require the aggressive cutting down of adjacent teeth. The bridges are bulky and hard to clean. Therefore, the bridge is very prone to getting decay and a new bridge must be made. Whereas, implants very easy to keep clean and maintain. They are treated just like real teeth and only require daily brushing and flossing.
Convenience – Once implanted, you can brush your replacement teeth with a normal toothbrush and toothpaste.
Long lasting – When taken care of, dental implant dentures will be durable and last for many years.
Function – You can eat all of your favorite foods with no slipping, speech, or taste bud issues.
Jawbone Health – The forces of chewing will be transmitted to the jawbone. The bone around the implant will therefore stay robust and healthy instead of melting away when a tooth is lost. Keeping the jawbone healthy will prevent a condition called facial collapse. This is where the cheeks sink in and you have a more elderly-like appearance.
Smile Confidence – Traditional dentures can slip and be obvious. With dental implant dentures, you can eat the foods you love without the fear of your dentures slipping out.
Dr. Nugent is a Pasadena, Texas Dentist. He has a special interest in dental implant therapy. His office is located 3421 Burke Rd Ste A, Pasadena, Texas 77504. If you are interested in discovering how dental implants can change your life then call our office today at 713-941-8261.