Having one or more missing teeth can affect sufferers in multiple ways including physically, aesthetically, functionally, emotionally and mentally.
Replacing missing teeth is crucial in order to ensure that the teeth not only look great but that dental integrity is preserved, biting and chewing capabilities are reinforced and that bone loss and other related oral health problems are prevented.
We spoke to some experienced specialists to find out their top reasons why dental implants in Essex are so popular.
Function and Aesthetics
There are a number of tooth replacement options available such as bridges and dentures but neither compare to dental implants. Because of the way they are surgically implanted into the jaw bone, implants are extremely strong and the prosthetic tooth sits flush with the gumline so nobody will be able to tell the difference.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth loss solution that are as durable as real teeth and can potentially last a lifetime if they are properly cared for.
Some tooth replacement options require adjustments to be made to the teeth adjacent to the gap that can weaken them and leave them more susceptible to decay. Dental implants have no effect on the appearance, health or function of the natural teeth and they are left completely intact.
Prevent Bone Loss
A side effect of losing teeth is that around the site of the missing tooth where there is no longer a root to encourage ossification, bone mass will start to deteriorate. Replacing the missing root with a dental implant in the jaw bone works to stimulate new bone to grow through osteointegration and helps prevent bone loss in the future.
Supports the Faces Structure
When bone loss occurs, it causes the face to lose its structural integrity, giving the face a sunken, aged appearance. Dental implants help to keep the jaw bones strong and preserves the shape and appearance of the jaw and face.
One of the reasons patients opt for alternative tooth replacements is because the initial cost of dental implants is usually higher. Whilst this is true, it is short-term thinking and does not consider the fact that dental implants can last a lifetime, making them much more cost efficient than other treatments that can need replacing or repairing multiple times.
Some tooth loss solutions such as dentures can be uncomfortable to wear and even slip out when speaking, laughing or eating which can be embarrassing and upsetting. Dental implants are comfortable and do not ever slip or move so you can go about your life without any worries about issues occurring.
Dental implants require no special care or maintenance and simply need to be looked after in the same way that you would your natural teeth such as;
- Brush teeth and floss twice a day
- Attend regular dental checks
- Avoid sugary drinks and foods
- Do not smoke
- Visit your hygienist
- Use a mouthwash between brushing and meals
- Stop bad habits such as nail biting or chewing pen lids