If you know someone who wears dentures, you probably have heard what a hassle they can be. They move, can come loose, limit what foods can be eaten, and actually change facial features making someone look years older. Welcome to the 21st century and another option: dental implants. Here are 7 reasons to consider dental implants if you have missing teeth.
Who Should Consider Dental Implants?
Anyone with missing teeth from decay, injury, or infection should consider dental implants. You must be at least 18 years old if you are a male and 16 if a female. This is important since dental specialists believe facial growth is completed by then.
If you have broken or decayed teeth, and even if you have partial dentures or bridges, a dental implant can be beneficial. This is even true for those who in the past were not good candidates. Talk with Dr. Robinette about recent improvements in technology and whether a dental implant is possible for you.
Reason #1 – Dental Implants Are More Comfortable
Today’s dental implants feel and function just like your natural teeth. You don’t need to remove them for cleaning; you simply brush and floss them exactly the same as your own teeth. They can’t move and you can forget you even have them.
Reason #2 – They Are A One Time Investment
As long as you clean and properly care for your implants, they will last for decades. Other alternatives may need to be replaced every 5 or 10 years.
Reason #3 – You’ll Enjoy Eating Again
If you have struggled with eating certain foods due to pain or inability to chew properly, now it’s time to enjoy food again. From eating corn on the cob to biting into a ripe juicy apple, there is no problem with dental implants. Imagine what you can taste again!
Reason #4 – Be Socially Confident
No need to worry about a denture slipping, no hiding your smile with missing or damaged teeth, and no embarrassment when you are out to dinner with friends. You will be more confident at work, interacting with co-workers or clients, and just being out and about. Relax and enjoy life.
Reason #5 – Implants Prevent Bone Loss
This is a big one. When teeth are missing your jaw bone can deteriorate. If you wait more than a year after losing a tooth to replace it, that bone area can lose 25% of its volume, and it will only get worse over time.
An implant replaces the “root” and the tooth facilitating normal chewing. It provides the stimulation needed for normal bone growth.
Reason #6 – Implants Prevent Facial Sagging
Once you have jaw bone loss from missing teeth, the lower third of your face begins to collapse and sink inward. The result is wrinkles around your mouth and thinning lips. This only makes you look much older. Implants are the solution.
Reason #7 – Improved Oral Health
Empty spaces from lost teeth are havens for bacteria and food which can lead to gum disease and bad breath.