A missing tooth or missing teeth can result in more than just cosmetic issues.
Dramatically decreased confidence, difficulty chewing food, or the inability to eat certain foods, and structural complications are all side effects of lost teeth.
If you are one of the many people who have missing teeth, you have options!
Dental bridges, dentures and dental implants are all solutions for missing teeth. With a few exceptions, dental implants are a great option for many people. They tend to be more comfortable for patients, they look more natural, and they last longer than the alternatives.
Below are five signs that you should consider dental implants:
- You eat what you can, not what you want:
When you go out for a meal, do you choose what you can eat, rather than what you want to eat, because it’s difficult to chew food or you have to be careful because that tooth just isn’t right?
One of the most common side effects of missing teeth is that simple tasks like biting and chewing become awkward or even painful.
After healing, dental implants feel very comfortable and promote normal chewing and biting function. You can enjoy all of your favorite foods, even meats and crunchy fruits and vegetables!
- Your Dentures have a life of their own:
Unfortunately, many of the problems associated with ill-fitting dentures are believed to be “normal” for false teeth. In reality, however, any overt problems with dentures are an indication that they should be adjusted or replaced. Due to loose dentures, people can experience soreness in their mouth, problems eating and speaking, not to mention the embarrassment of teeth moving around unnaturally.
Implant retained dentures have small stud caps fitted into the base of the denture which clip onto the implants placed in the jaw. They are much more secure and comfortable than traditional removable dentures and can give you the roof of your mouth back. You won’t even feel like you’re wearing dentures.
- You’re insecure about your appearance:
There’s no way around it, missing teeth are a cosmetic eyesore. Gaps or spaces between the teeth can detract from an otherwise attractive smile and appearance. If you have one or more missing teeth, it’s natural to feel self-conscious or embarrassed by your smile. Dental implants look exactly like a normal tooth, in fact most people will never know you have them.
- Your face looks sunken-in:
Missing teeth can cause the jawbone to deteriorate as the bone around where the root of the tooth was is no longer needed. Resorption of bone can lead to the facial structure starting to collapse, giving the face a “sunken-in” look. This causes a prematurely aged look.
Dental implants help to preserve the jawbone which in turn maintain a healthy, normal facial structure.
- You have a bridge or crown that keeps falling out:
Many people have problems with failing bridges and crowns falling out, normally at the most inconvenient time!
Once a bridge or crown has been re fixed, the initial bond strength is compromised and it always has a risk of de bonding again. Dental implants are a more permanent solution, if cared for correctly once an implant has been placed, it can last a life time.
So if you have problems with any of the above, then dental implants may be for you!