Many of us are complacent about missing teeth, not realising that they can impact upon our health and facial aesthetics. Once you lose teeth, your self-esteem can be knocked, eating made difficult and eventually your jawbone and face be affected. Going forward, once the damage is done, it can be very costly to correct.
If you have missing teeth, your dentist may recommend dental implants as a solution. Before we look at dental implants, let’s look at some of the problems missing teeth can create:
As you can see, teeth are vitally important, not just for eating and talking but when shaping the way you look. One lost tooth may be tolerable but even this can cause other teeth to move. The only real way to save face and retain the health of your jawbone and facial muscles is to consider a dental implant. In some cases dental bridges may work but remember that they are not attached to the jawbone so for large gaps in the teeth, they will not enable the jawbone to retain its strength.
When you have lost teeth, it is essential to think about filling the remaining gaps as soon as possible. Damage can begin to occur fairly soon and because it happens gradually, you may not notice it until you look in the mirror one day and realise that your face has dramatically changed. Once your jawbone has diminished, dental implants cannot be added. This is why you need to act before your jawbone gets into this condition as rebuilding it is a massive task and very expensive.
A dental implant brings with it many benefits. Once in place, it looks and feels like your own teeth. It truly is the next best thing to healthy natural teeth. Providing a long-term solution to missing teeth, your dentist will fit the implants directly into your jawbone.
These provide an ‘artificial root’ for the new teeth to be attached to. The dental implants consist of titanium screws that are implanted into your jawbone. Once the implants are in place, the surrounding bone will eventually fuse to the screws, holding your new teeth firmly and securely in place.
Once the new false teeth have been modelled to suit your natural tooth shape and colour, they are attached to the implants. The final look is so impressive that it will be hard to detect that these are not your own original teeth. Your bite will be restored, your smile will become beautiful once again and your self-esteem will be at an all-time high. Most importantly, the fabric of the jawbone will be retained, avoiding shrinkage or movement.
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