What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a replacement tooth mounted to your jawbone with a metal root. This tooth can be used to fill in the gap caused by a missing tooth. It is the most common replacement option for teeth that have been lost or taken out due to injury, cavity, or infection. Here are five ways a dental implant can help improve your quality of life:
1. Restore function
By filling in the gap in your bite pattern, a dental implant will effectively improve the function of your teeth and jaw. Tasks such as chewing, talking, and smiling will be much easier and more comfortable, which can significantly increase your quality of life. With a dental implant, you will not have to worry about chewing all of your food on one side or avoiding food that is difficult to eat.
2. Maintain health
Gaps caused by missing teeth are much more susceptible to infection. A dental implant acts as a safeguard against bacteria, protecting the vulnerable area in your gums from infection. Not only will a dental implant help protect the area from bacteria, but it will also improve your ability to chew. This will likely allow you to enjoy more types of food and get more enjoyment out of your meals. The ability to enjoy a healthy diet will have a positive impact on the rest of your health.
3. Improve your self-confidence
Many who suffer gaps in their smile and missing teeth are self-conscious of their smile, so they avoid showing their teeth in public. This stress and lack of self-esteem can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. By replacing the missing tooth with a dental implant, you can restore your smile to its optimal form, giving you more confidence to show off your teeth. This can give you a great boost in self-confidence, making your everyday life more comfortable and enjoyable.
4. They are more comfortable
Dentures, bridges, and other alternatives to dental implants are equally effective, but they are rarely as comfortable. Because each dental implant must be tailored to your bite pattern and your jawbone, it is designed for optimal comfort and efficiency. While many complain that their dentures poke, pinch, and rub against their gums, dental implants are built for long-term comfort.
5. They last longer
Not only are they more comfortable than other alternatives, but dental implants also last much longer. Average dentures and bridges must be repaired or replaced every five to 10 years, while dental implants can last for a lifetime if properly maintained. Not only can this save you a fortune in dental bills over the course of a lifetime, but it will also save you from a number of dental appointments and procedures to repair and replace alternative devices.
Do You Need a Dental Implant?
For those who struggle with dental discomfort on a daily basis, a dental implant may be the solution for your decayed or missing teeth. Here are a few signs that you should consider consulting a dentist about a dental implant:
Cracked, Chipped, or Broken Tooth
Broken teeth can cause significant pain as sensitive nerve endings are exposed. They are also much more susceptible to bacterial growth, increasing your risk of developing a serious infection in your teeth, gums, and jaw. If the tooth is too damaged to be repaired with a root canal and a crown, a dental implant may be the most practical and comfortable option for your long-term quality of life.
You Have Lost an ‘Adult-Tooth’
Whether due to injury, a lack of dental hygiene, or an unaddressed cavity, losing a tooth can be a serious detriment to your physical and mental health. If you have lost one of your permanent teeth, a dental implant is an excellent option. Assuming the rest of your teeth and gums are relatively healthy, a dental implant can restore full function and fill in the missing gap. By not addressing the gap, you are welcoming infection and pain in your near future, so be sure to consult a dentist if you lose a permanent tooth.
Your Dentures Do Not Fit
One of the most common complaints about dentures is that they do not fit properly, causing them to poke, pinch, or scrape against the patient’s gums. Others simply find that their mouth feels uncomfortable and sore after wearing them all day or even eating a single meal. Dental implants are customized to fit your exact bite pattern, tailoring the size, shape, and aesthetic to fit your smile. This will make regular tasks such as eating and talking much more comfortable.
Your jaw or gums are compromised
If your jaw or gums are compromised due to injury or infection, dental implants are an effective option in restoring functionality to your bite. Since implants are mounted directly to your jaw bone with a titanium root, they are much more stable and secure than other alternatives. The mounting system can be adapted to various jaw injuries, if necessary, which can restore function and prevent further injury and discomfort.
Your Face Has Sunk
If you notice that your face is sunken due to structural damage in your gums and jaw, it is crucial that you visit a dentist. Infections and injuries can cause erosion in your gums and jaw, compromising the integrity of your mouth and face. This issue is absolutely serious and requires immediate medical attention.
Your Teeth are Not Effective
If you are in too much pain or discomfort to be able to eat or speak, it is time to visit the dentist. Some people will ignore the pain and adapt the way they chew to avoid the problem. This is largely due to fear and anxiety of dental procedures. Unfortunately, if your teeth are no longer effective, there can be serious consequences for your physical and mental health. Be sure to visit a dentist as early as possible to avoid a small problem turning into a serious condition.
For more information implants and how they could help you, call Guelph Family Dentistry at 888-250-8819 or contact us here.