Losing one or more teeth, either due to injuries or extractions can have adverse effects on your health and the confidence of your smile. Besides, this may have a huge impact on your ability to eat and speak normally. In the past, bridges that were attached to the adjacent teeth and dentures were the only solutions to missing teeth. Modern dentistry has made it possible to have a more or less permanent and natural solution: Dental Implants.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are made to mimic your natural tooth’s structure. Normally, a titanium ‘root’ is used to provide a permanent base where the replacement tooth is placed. A dental implant has three parts, which are:
- The implant – this is the screw or the base that serves as a root for your replacement tooth. This is permanently fixed into the gum as a natural tooth would
- The abutment – this is also referred to as the connector. It secures the tooth-like crown to the base
- The crown – designed to resemble the natural tooth, the crown is normally made of ceramic material
Benefits of dental implants
Having dental implants installed can have quite a number of benefits from a health standpoint and when it comes to your appearance.
- They match your natural teeth
One of the ultimate benefits of having dental implants over other teeth restoration procedures is that they look like your natural teeth. Dental implants can be made to match the exact color of your other teeth. Besides, the prosthetic tooth will be made to fit the gap and blend with the gum line perfectly, so no one will know whether any of your teeth are artificial.
- They offer a long-term solution
Unlike other restoration options which have to be repaired or replaced from time to time, dental implants are a long-term solution. The biocompatible titanium integrates perfectly with your jawbone to provide a permanent solution to your missing tooth problem.
- They protect your healthy teeth
If left untreated, gaps in the mouth only cause the adjacent teeth to become misaligned. This affects your ability to bite, chew, as well as your appearance. Dental implants can help fill this gap and help you preserve your smile and your mouth’s functionality.
- Dental implants restore your jaw structure
Facial sagging is the ultimate effect of bone loss as a result of missing teeth. When all or most of your natural teeth are missing or compromised, the jawbone bone begins to dissolve away. This causes the victim to appear older than they are. As dental implants are fixed directly into your jawbone, jawbone deterioration is prevented.
- They restore the force of your bite
As the implant is safely anchored into the jawbone as a natural root would, it provides stability to the false tooth allowing you to chew and bite as you would with your natural teeth.
- They are easy to maintain
Compared to dentures, which require to be detached and cleaned regularly, dental implants require little maintenance. You only need to brush and floss your teeth as you would if they were all natural. Also, you do not have to worry that your dental implants will slip while you talk, laugh, yawn, or cough as they are permanently fixed into the jawbone.
- They have zero effect on your natural speech
Some tooth restoration options such as dentures could affect your speech leading to slurred speech or the inability to pronounce words correctly. As dental implants function like your natural teeth, you will be able to speak naturally.
Dental implants are the best option in case you are experiencing damaged or missing teeth. Although you still need to care for your artificial teeth as you would your natural teeth, the material used to make dental implants is not predisposed to cavities.