Despite improvements in dental care over the years, millions of Americans still suffer from tooth loss. The biggest reasons we suffer tooth loss include periodontal disease, tooth decay and injury. For a very long time, the only treatment options available to those who lost teeth were dentures and bridges. But today, due to some pretty amazing advances in dentistry, dental implants are available at James W. Mellert, your Torrance dentist.
Your teeth were designed to last a lifetime, but as we all know, sometimes this just doesn’t happen. Replacing missing teeth is important not only for aesthetics, but for your general health and well-being as well. In addition to losing chewing ability when a tooth is absent, an unreplaced tooth can also cause other teeth to be tipped, crowded and lost.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are substitutes for the roots of missing teeth. They act as an anchor for the crown or replacement tooth. Dental implants provide a strong foundation for fixed replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. There are lifelong benefits of implant-supported replacement teeth.
One major benefit of dental implants is that they preserve bone, which prevents deterioration of the facial structure. This improves the appearance of the patient. When teeth are missing and not replaced, there is nothing left in the jawbone to stimulate bone growth. Our bodies sense that the jawbone is no longer necessary to support teeth and slowly dissolves away. The result is a rapid deterioration of the facial structure and the lower face shrivels up, wrinkles develop around the mouth and the lips fold in. This makes people who have missing teeth look a lot older than they really are.
Even if you are just missing one tooth, long-term aesthetics will be much better with a dental implant.
Results are Immediate
Your dentist can replace your missing teeth with new and beautiful dental implants in just one or two procedures. You get an implant right away and enjoy a lifetime solution for a smile that was compromised by a missing tooth. You will also experience teeth stability, better comfort and a dramatic improvement in the ability to chew.
Built to Last
Traditional bridges made to support teeth may only last five to seven years; with proper care and a little luck, you might get 10 years of service out of them. But regardless how long they last, at some point they will have to be replaced. Over time, the cost of replacing bridges adds up. Your dental implants may need to be adjusted over time, but can easily last a lifetime when cared for properly.
Dentures and dental implants that don’t properly fit can mean struggling to pronounce everyday words. But this just isn’t the case with dental implants. Dental implants fit tightly and function like natural teeth, so you are able to speak just like anybody who has all of their natural teeth. Dental implants save you from the embarrassment of struggling to pronounce words.
Eat Your Favorite Foods
Removable dentures can make it difficult to eat some of your favorite foods. Dental implants allow you to enjoy all of the foods you love. With dental implants, you bite naturally and can eat anything you want.
It is impossible for cavities to occur in implant-restored crowns. This means no more dentist drills. Of course, you still need to brush your teeth and schedule dental visits for regular cleanings. Basically, you need to treat your dental implant like you would any of your natural teeth to ensure it lasts as long as possible.
Dental Implants are Sturdy
Dentures have a tendency to slip from time to time and this often occurs when you sneeze, eat, talk and even kiss. Dentures that slip can cause unwanted embarrassment. In fact, it is not uncommon for people with ill-fitting dentures to avoid eating at restaurants or doing other activities that might put them in an unwanted situation. Dental implants are fixed in place and fused with your jawbone, this means your placement teeth won’t move, shift or click. They won’t budge at all.
A tooth-supported bridge requires other teeth to be ground down. The teeth on one or both sides of a missing tooth will have to be ground down to help support a dental bridge. Basically, you have to cause heavy damage to otherwise healthy teeth to support a bridge. Dental implants go right into the jawbone where the missing tooth root was. None of your teeth need to be ground down.
Dental implants also help prevent the healthy teeth around the missing tooth from shifting.
As you can see, there are many really good reasons why people with missing teeth should seriously consider dental implants. For more information about dental implants, call James W. Mellert.