Missing teeth can cause a myriad of problems, from malnutrition to speech problems. They make you more prone to diseases and facial structure changes as teeth shift into the openings. Traditionally, the solution to missing teeth has been for a dentist to fit the patient with bridges or dentures. However, in modern dentistry there is a third option that provides more natural feeling teeth while smiling, talking, or eating. Dental implants are new tooth roots implanted into the bone structure, to which artificial teeth, either permanent or removable can be attached firmly. This eliminates the problems caused by dentures that slide around, obscuring speech and making eating difficult.
With dental implants, your teeth feel like strong, natural teeth. They are more durable, comfortable, and convenient than dentures. These replacement tooth roots are implanted into the jaw line. Dental health is protected when compared to bridges because the neighboring teeth are not altered with implants. When bridges are installed the teeth on either side are reduced so that crowns can be applied to hold the false teeth in place. Avoiding the alteration of the surrounding teeth improves future oral health. Permanent teeth attached to implants are as convenient as your real teeth.
Dentures can cause embarrassment and a lack of confidence when talking or eating, because they have a tendency to slide. This can affect speech, making your slur or mumble. Sliding dentures when you are eating can cause you to avoid nutritional foods, favorite treats, and eating with friends. Dental implants solve all these problems with a permanent, strong base for your artificial teeth, permanently attached to the implanted tooth roots. You do not have to worry about adhesives that can be frustrating and messy. The implants can last for the reminder of your life, making them an excellent investment in your future oral health.
Before getting dental implants, you should discuss the pros and cons with your dentist. Your dental professional should examine your mouth to make sure your gums are healthy enough for the procedure and that there is enough bone for the implants. Other medical history, such as diabetes, heart disease, or radiation exposure, may also be a factor in determining whether or not implants are suitable for you. The tooth root implant is a small titanium post to which a crown, or false tooth, is attached. A good dental professional will match the color to your teeth, creating a healthy, natural smile.