Having a good smile boosts confidence and self-esteem. Having gaps in your mouth can be both embarrassing and challenging. When you have too many gaps in your teeth, chewing becomes a challenge. Modern technology has helped people who lose teeth from disease, age, and accidents. The evolution of dental implants has helped many people retain the function of their teeth.
Dental implants are surgical teeth implanted in the patient’s jaw. A titanium root is screwed in the bone where a tooth has been extracted. A crown or bridge is then installed on the titanium root, mimicking a natural tooth. Dental implants come with many benefits. Here are some of the benefits of treating tooth loss with dental implants.
The best thing about dental implants is that they look like natural teeth. The prosthetic tooth, made from porcelain, is flush with the gumline. It is secured safely on the jaw with the titanium screw. It fits in well with your other teeth giving you a flawless smile.
Dental implants look and work the same way your original teeth work. Biting and chewing your food feels natural. You do not have to take extra precautions biting hard foods. The titanium screw holds the crown in place and secures your prosthetic tooth.
When there are gaps in your mouth, your gum and jawbone recedes. This gives you hollow-looking cheeks adding years to your look. Dental implants keep the jawbone strong. Your gums do not recede and you keep your face from looking sunken.
The good thing about dental implants is that you don’t have to worry about cavities. The tooth is made from synthetic material that is free from decay. With the proper care, you keep your dental implants for many years after installation.
The maintenance of dental implants is not complicated. All you have to do is brush them in the morning and evening. Just like natural teeth, they can attract tartar and plaque if not cleaned properly. Maintain the same cleaning routine that you have for natural teeth.
Some dental correction procedures can give you unusual speech. Dentures, retainers, and braces can alter how you speak. With dental implants, you speak as normally as you do with your original teeth. Your dental physician maps your mouth and gives you an implant that looks like your original tooth. Therefore, you have no worries about sounding unusual.
Sometimes, dentures and retainers can make your mouth sore. They slip around and cause friction in the soft tissue of your mouth. Some dentures require strong adhesives that can irritate your mouth. With dental implants, your gum, tongue, and soft palate are safe.
When a tooth is extracted, the balance between the remaining teeth is interrupted. The tooth on the opposite jawbone grows too long and can cause spaces in your bite. The adjacent teeth to where the gap is are unstable and unsupported. With dental implants, you fill the gap and retain a balance between all your teeth.
For more information on dental implants, call our dental office in Worcester at (508) 731-3940 to speak with the friendly team at Levenson Smile and schedule an appointment.