Missing teeth are bothersome for many reasons – their absence alters your appearance, of course, but missing teeth also impact a person’s ability to speak and chew well, and they can affect your oral health and overall well-being. So what’s the best solution? There’s something secure and natural-looking that can fill those empty spaces in your smile: dental implants.
Are Dental Implants Noticeable?
Dental implants have made it possible for people to have missing teeth replaced without worrying about the stability of their smile – in other words, there won’t be any dentures or bridges flying out of place and making your dental work known. Dental implants are designed to fuse with bone so that they become a permanent part of your smile.
Dental implants are anchored in the jawbone with a small man-made “root.” The teeth that are eventually attached to the implants are customized to match your other teeth in shade and shape so that your smile looks and feels natural.
Why Should I Get Dental Implants?
Dental implants of course enhance your appearance and their durability means they can potentially last a lifetime with proper care. Ask anyone who has ever worn dentures about the difficulties they have encountered and the following perks of dental implants will seem even more significant:
- Implants are comfortable and eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Dental implants function like your own teeth, unlike dentures which can slide and make chewing difficult.
- The inconvenience and embarrassment of removing and cleaning dentures, as well as having to deal with messy adhesives, are eliminated.
- Poor-fitting dentures can slip around the mouth, causing a person to mumble or slur their words.
People with missing teeth and other oral health issues often suffer from poor self-esteem. But a secure smile goes a long way toward markedly improving a person’s quality of life and self-confidence. Dental implants are also givers, not takers – they don’t require any alteration of neighboring teeth in order to work, like tooth-supported bridges. Actually, dental implants better support your bone and jaw for a healthier smile. More of your teeth are left intact which improves your long-term oral health and makes your smile easier to maintain.
How Do I Know If I Am a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you have missing teeth or even just one missing tooth, you can be considered for dental implants. You don’t need to be of a certain age in order to be eligible for dental implants. Only your dentist can tell you for certain whether or not dental implants are the best solution for your smile.