Years ago, the only viable solution to the loss of one or a series of teeth, were dentures. These fake ivory, bone, or porcelain options would lay over top of the gums and act as real teeth. A good denture would be fitted to the mouth, and colored/sized to the users specifications. Still, there were plenty of complaints from users who felt that there just had to be a better way.
Well, perhaps there is. Dental implants deliver the same benefits of dentures, with less hassle and discomfort. Even the greatest fitting dentures can slip and move, resulting in pain and embarrassment. Dental Implants however do not move, and as a result can deliver a renewed sense of confidence to patients.
Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw bone at the sight of the missing tooth. For a series of missing teeth, an entire set can be implanted using only a few root implants instead of one for every tooth. Additionally, dental implants do not restrict what a person can eat or how they talk. These implants will act and feel like regular teeth.
Another reason why implants are a more desirable option, is because of the danger for bone loss and jaw weakness associated with dentures. When a tooth is removed from the jaw, the bone where the tooth used to live ceases to have purpose. Over time this area can become weak and deformed. Dentures or bridges only cover the area with a prosthetic tooth, while implants actually promote dental health, simulating natural tooth structure.
A gap in your smile can be a real downer. Don’t let it get to you though, contact your dentist about implant options today.