When should I consider getting dental implants?

dental implantsMissing teeth can result in more problems than cosmetic issues. Losing a tooth can dramatically impact your confidence, and can affect your ability to chew food, or your ability to eat certain foods. If you are missing teeth, then there are many options, such as dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants. Dental implants are a good option for lots of people, as they tend to be comfortable for patients, look more natural, and last longer than other alternatives. But when should you consider getting dental implants?

 

You Eat What You Can, Not What You Want

When you go out to eat, do you have to choose what you can eat, rather than what you want to eat, because you struggle to chew certain foods? One of the most common side effects of missing teeth is that things like biting and chewing become difficult, or even painful. Dental implants, once healed, are very comfortable, allowing you to bite and chew normally. This allows you to enjoy all your favorite foods again, even crunchy fruits and vegetables. 

 

Your Dentures Have A Life Of Their Own

Many of the problems that come from having ill-fitting dentures are believed to be ‘normal’ for false teeth. This is not true, as any overt problems with dentures are a sign that they need to be adjusted or replaced. Loosed dentures can cause soreness in the mouth, problems eating and speaking, and embarrassment from teeth moving around in an unnatural way. 

Implant retained dentures have small stud caps fitted in the base of the denture, which clips onto implants placed in the jaw. These are a lot more secure and comfortable than classic removable dentures. 

 

You’re Insecure About Your Appearance

Missing teeth can be a cosmetic eyesore. Gaps or spaces between the teeth can make you feel that your smile is unattractive. If you have one or more missing teeth, then you are likely to feel self-conscious or embarrassed by your smile. The big advantage of dental implants is that they look exactly like a natural tooth so most people will never know that you have them. 

 

Your Face Looks Sunken In

Missing can cause your jawbone to deteriorate as the bone around the root of the tooth is no longer needed. This resorption of the bone can lead to your facial structure appearing to ‘collapse’, giving your face a sunken-in look. This makes you look much older. A dental impact can help to preserve the jawbone which can then help to maintain a healthy facial structure. 

 

You Have A Bridge Or Crown That Keeps Falling Out

Lots of people have problems with failing bridges or crowns that fall out, and this always seems to happen at the most inconvenient time. The initial bond strength of crowns and bridges can be compromised, and then will always have a risk of debonding again. Dental implants are a much more permanent solution, so you don’t have to worry about them falling out. If you care for your implants correctly, they can last a lifetime.