Having a missing tooth can be quite an ordeal. Not only does it affect your appearance but you will also find it affects your ability to eat certain foods and the health of your mouth and your entire body, perhaps headaches or unexplained muscle pain.
Naturally, the effect of a tooth loss varies from person to person and depends on what exactly has been lost. If you’ve lost the crown, you’ve lost the visible part of your tooth. However, if you’ve lost the root as well, you’ve lost the unseen part of your tooth. The root anchors the tooth in your jawbone, providing stable support for the crown. Without the root, the bone around the lost tooth may gradually recede and the remaining teeth may shift. Chewing may also become more difficult with time.
An implant replaces both the root and the crown, providing you with a new complete tooth that is fixed securely to your jaw bone and matches your existing teethImplants can provide a permanent solution for one or many missing teeth and once again, you will be able to smile widely and enjoy whatever food you desire.
There are two parts to every tooth. The crown and the root. The crown is the visible part and the root is the unseen part that anchors the tooth in your jawbone, providing stable support for your crown. When an entire tooth is lost – crown and root – shrinkage of the jawbone may occur making the face look older. Dental implants can stop this process.
There are many ways to replace tooth crowns, but only dental implants can replace the entire tooth including both crown and root. Dental implants look, feel and function like your own natural teeth.
Dental implants eliminate the pain and discomfort of removable full or partial dentures. Since dentures sit on top of the jawbone and gums, continuous shrinkage of the jawbone alters the fit resulting in slipping or rocking of the denture. Exposed nerves and irritation of the gum tissue may add to the discomfort.
Implant supported replacement teeth are like natural teeth because they are anchored securely to your jawbone. Gum irritation and the pain of exposed nerves associated with conventional full or partial dentures are eliminated.
With ill fitting dentures, the teeth slip and slide around the mouth. The facial muscles become tense in an attempt to hold the teeth in place. This often results in mumbling, slurred speech or clicking noises. Implant supported replacement teeth allow you to speak with confidence in a relaxed and natural tone.
Ability to Eat
The average denture patient with an excellent fitting denture eats at 15-20% efficiency when compared to a person with natural teeth. As the jawbone shrinks, your chewing efficiency is reduced even more, making it difficult to eat certain foods. Dental implants, on the other hand, can restore chewing efficiency comparable to that of natural teeth. This allows you to eat your favourite foods with confidence and without pain. You can enjoy what everyone else is eating and you don’t have to think twice about it.
A full upper denture covers the palate of the mouth and reduces the ability to taste foods. With dental implants, your palate is not covered, which allows you to taste and enjoy your food.
Considering all other benefits, chances are that dental implants will improve your overall self- esteem and you will feel better about yourself. At least that is what many people who have already been treated with dental implants have told us. You can regain nearly all the capabilities you had with your natural teeth, giving you renewed confidence, allowing you to enjoy life, and not think twice about doing all the things everyone else is doing.
Although dental implant treatment may initially be more expensive than other treatment methods, it often turns out to be the best investment from a long term perspective since most patients can expect them to last a life time. Other treatment methods like bridges and dentures often require regular alterations and adjustments over time.
Life Long Tooth Replacement
Naturally, every treatment case presents unique conditions that can affect the longevity of a dental implant and no man-made product lasts forever. However, most patients who are treated with dental implants should be able to expect lifelong replacement for their lost teeth.