Since we only get two sets of teeth during our lifetime, and our ‘adult’ teeth actually begin to arrive from when we are as young as five years old, it is essential that we do everything we can to take good care of them so that they last as long as possible. A robust brushing routine, minimizing sugary drinks and snacks and other good dental habits can all help us retain our teeth, but inevitably there are days where our standards slip. Over time, some degree of dental decay and damage is guaranteed, and may lead to tooth loss.
Missing teeth are more common than you probably expect. Studies show that by 50, your average American has lost twelve teeth! Unfortunately, even losing a single tooth can have a significant impact on your life. The function of your teeth be compromised, meaning you may need to alter how you eat and potentially change the way you pronounce some words since your tongue needs to push against teeth to make sounds. However, in addition to the operative effects of tooth loss, you will almost certainly have to contend with some psychological consequences. Patients who suffer from tooth loss often find themselves experiencing embarrassment about the appearance of their smile and will take steps to avoid showing their teeth in public. Low self-esteem, loss of confidence and even depression are all commonly reported outcomes of lost teeth.
Fortunately, there is are several solutions that can prevent patients from ever having to suffer the ill-effects of tooth loss – one of which is dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a progressive dental solution designed to replace single or multiple missing teeth. Single dental implants comprise of two key elements. These are: a porcelain crown that has been custom-designed to fit the gap left by your missing tooth, and a metal implant post.
Each implant post is inserted into the jaw bone beneath the gap left by the missing tooth. Once in place, the bone regrows around the post, securing it in place. A small section of the post sticks out of the gums and it is to this that the crown is attached, using a special connector.
In cases where patients have multiple missing teeth, implant technology can be used to create an implant-supported bridge or set of dentures. These take the original design behind either solution, but instead of attaching them to neighboring teeth or using adhesive, the devices are secured onto mental implant posts. In these instances, typically less implant posts than crowns are required.
What are the benefits of choosing dental implants?
Dental implants are more in demand than ever thanks to the advantages over alternative solutions that they offer patients.
The pressure to look good can be overwhelming. Since our smile is difficult to hide, we want it to look as healthy and attractive as possible, but without making it obvious that we have had dental work carried out. Dental implants are the most discreet of any restorative treatment. Not only do they look and feel just like natural teeth, but they do not slip, move around or come loose like dentures or dental bridges. In fact, they are so discreet most people won’t be able to tell that you have had any replacement teeth at all.
Since dental implants are permanent, this makes them much more convenient than dentures which must be removed to clean them and to enable you to clean your gums. Each implant can be cared for just like you would care for your regular teeth and requires no maintenance unless you think there is a problem with it.
Most patients agree that once their implant is in place, it feels just like a natural tooth! With time, you will probably even forget that it isn’t one!
Improved dental health
Dental implants are prosthetic so therefore unable to develop cavities. They are also much easier to keep clean, meaning you can enjoy improved dental health.
Dental implants have been shown to be one of the most long-lasting of any dental solution and with the right care and attention, your implant could last you upwards of two decades, making it a very good investment in your dental future!
Dental implants are the most successful surgically-implanted device in the world, with more than 98% of cases being considered completely successful.
If you have missing teeth, or you have been told that you will require a dental extraction in the near future and are worried about the effect that this will have on your smile, our discreet and professional dental team is on hand to reassure and advise you. Please don’t hesitate to contact our dental office in Fort Worth, Texas to find out more about dental implants or any of the other services that we can provide.