As one of the most popular methods of tooth replacement, dentures are affordable and durable and can improve a person’s overall functionality. However, like any other oral appliance, dentures are also prone to taking damage. Damaged dentures are not the end of the world, but they should be repaired or replaced so that they can do…
Know When to Consider Getting Dental Implants
Dental implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth by fusing titanium posts, which act as the tooth roots, to the jawbone to hold the artificial tooth, which is attached to the top of the post, securely in place.
When should I consider getting dental implants?
Dental implants have become one of the most popular teeth restoration procedures because they mimic natural teeth. The titanium posts stimulate the growth of the jawbone like the real tooth roots do and the artificial teeth, which are usually made from porcelain look and act just like the natural teeth and they do not move around in the mouth the way dentures do.
Some of the reasons to consider getting dental implants include:
Preserving your facial structure
When a patient loses a tooth, the bone underneath the missing tooth begins to disintegrate and lose density. If the patient loses multiple teeth, the disintegration occurs on a larger scale and affects the patient’s facial structure, making them appear significantly older than they are. Other teeth replacement options like dentures or dental bridges do not stimulate bone growth, which means people who use them will eventually have compromised facial structures, which is something they will not have to worry about if they got dental implants instead.
Preventing your teeth from shifting
Having one or more missing teeth in the mouth can lead to the surrounding teeth shifting out of position, which can lead to bite problems, make the teeth harder to clean and cause the face to sag. Replacing the missing teeth with dental implants will prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting out of position because there is no room for them to move.
To preserve the jawbone
Using a fixed bridge or dentures to replace missing teeth or leaving the gap in the mouth for a long period of time leads to the deterioration of the jawbone. When this happens, the patient’s jawbone does not receive the stimulation it needs to promote bone growth and becomes weak, which will make it difficult to get dental implants without needing a bone graft.
Having difficulty chewing food
Having missing molars and premolars make it difficult to bite and chew food. Even when the missing teeth are replaced with dentures, it takes a little while to get used to and the dentures can move around in the mouth if they come loose, causing more problems for the patient. Getting dental implants makes it easier to bite and chew food because they are held firmly in place by the implants and do not move around in the mouth. Dental implants also allow patients to continue eating the type of food that they ate before losing their natural teeth, which they cannot do with dentures.
People have had a lot of success replacing their missing natural teeth with dental implants because they work in a similar way to their natural teeth and look real as well. If you have missing teeth and are considering your treatment options, ask your dentist if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants.
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