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5 excellent reasons to replace missing teeth with dental implants
Did you know? The average denture lasts 5-8 years, a dental crown lasts 5-15 years and a dental implant can last a lifetime?
Many patients looking to replace multiple teeth will probably consider dentures or dental crowns as they seem like the more realistic and affordable option. However, there are long-term drawbacks of not replacing teeth properly which can result in a lower quality of life, ongoing replacement costs and other possible issues. Dental implants are the only permanent, long-term replacement solution for real teeth. Here are 5 other reasons dental implants are the best option for missing teeth.
They prevent bone loss
The root of the tooth plays a much more important role than just keeping our teeth in place. They are also largely responsible for maintaining the shape of the face and ensuring the jawline doesn’t diminish. Without the root, the jawbone beneath the tooth loses stimulation and can start to recede, making you appear much older than you are. Dental implants are the only treatment which prevents further bone loss following a missing tooth. They are made from a titanium screw which is inserted into the jawbone using a small surgical procedure. The implant acts as a direct replacement for the tooth’s root, ensuring the jawbone doesn’t shrink, helping you maintain a youthful appearance.
They look and feel like real teeth
The beauty of dental implants is that they look and feel just like real teeth. Whether you have missing teeth at the front or back of the mouth (or both), replacing them with dental implants can restore the aesthetic appearance of your smile as well as the functionality. In fact, most of our patients at Premium Dental Implants tell us that after having dental implant treatment, they often forget they have replacement teeth at all. It’s just like having your real teeth back again.
They’re solidly fixed in place
With dental implants, there’s no need to worry about loose dentures or dental crowns as your replacement teeth will be fixed firmly in place – just like real teeth. Having secure tooth replacements allows you to eat and smile with confidence and speak clearly, without slurring your words. Most importantly, fixed implants are much more comfortable for patients than ill-fitting dentures. Loose fitting tooth replacements can cause friction and pain on the gums which can be very uncomfortable for the patient. Dental implants provide a much more permanent, stress-free and comfortable solution.
You have the freedom to eat whatever food you like
A common issue with crowns and dentures is that they can often slip or come loose when eating certain things, particularly tougher foods such as meats, bread or raw fruit and vegetables. This can cause your diet to become very limited and you might even start cutting out some of your favourite foods. With dental implants however, you can eat whatever you want. Because the implants are securely fitted in place, you can bite, chew and eat as normal – even when eating the toughest of foods. This can restore your confidence when going out for food or round to a friend’s and you will also be getting a more well-rounded diet too.
Smile and laugh with confidence
Missing teeth or poor-quality tooth replacements can sometimes make you feel self-conscious due to unsightly gaps or inadequate functionality and aesthetics. Dental implants are just like fully functional teeth and can even be cosmetically shaped and moulded to match the aesthetic appearance of your smile. You’ll no longer have to worry about hiding your teeth in photos or covering your mouth during conversation or when eating, because you’ll be able to laugh and smile openly with confidence!
Want to know more about dental implants? Our friendly team would be happy to answer any of your questions. Just get in touch with us at Premium Dental Implants.
As a leading Dental Implantologist, Dr Nigel Jones provides expert treatment and advice to patients. Dr Nigel Jones lectures at the FGDP Royal College of Surgeons, also CPD events and training seminars for referring dentists.