Though dental care has experienced massive improvements, there are still millions of people in the US alone that suffer from tooth loss. Whether from tooth decay, periodontal disease or injury, it used to be that people with missing teeth only had bridges and dentures to fix the issue. Now, we have dental implants.
Cool cool cool. What are dental implants, though?
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. They provide help provide a solid foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Improved speech – Poor-fitting dentures can cause the teeth to slip in your mouth, causing you to sound like a drunken sailor with slurred and mumbled speech. Dental implants, however, allow you to speak without this worry; unless, of course, you are a drunken sailor.
Appearance – The biggest benefit our patients find from dental implants is the appearance of them compared to other options. Because they’re fused with the bone, dental implants look and feel like your own teeth.
Easier eating – Dentures slide around and can make things like chewing food difficult. Because dental implants function like your own teeth, they allow you to eat normal foods with confidence and without pain.
Improved comfort – Dentures can become uncomfortable when having to continuously remove them. Dental implants are a part of you, so they help eliminate the discomfort of removable teeth.
Improved self-esteem – Really, one of the biggest reasons we love dental implants is the massive increase of self-esteem it gives our patients. Having to remove dentures and worry about slurred or mumbled speech takes its toll on your self-esteem, and going the route of dental implants helps to eliminate that altogether.
How long do they last?
With proper care, implants can last a lifetime!