How could dental implants help me?
If you have any gaps or failing teeth in your mouth, dental implants are usually your best solution. The reasons for this are numerous:
- The next best thing to healthy, natural teeth.
- Can replace any number of missing teeth.
- Built to last. Dental implants are a long-term solution.
- Protect your healthy teeth.
- Protect healthy bone.
- Enjoy life without worrying about your teeth!
- Retain your natural face shape and reduce wrinkles
- Keep your teeth in your mouth – not in a cup.
- Stabilise loose dentures
- Speak easily.
- Eat and enjoy your favourite foods
Strong and stable, a dental implant restores a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth. Other options can lead to bone deterioration, and may interfere with eating, smiling, speaking and other activities of everyday life.
If you are missing just one natural tooth, then one implant is normally all that will be needed to provide a replacement. Larger spaces created by two, three or more missing teeth do not necessarily need one implant per tooth, however the exact number of implants will depend upon the quality and volume of bone at each potential implant site.
Dental implant treatment has a track record of reliable, long-term successful outcomes and is often considered "more predictable" than other treatments to repair or replace missing teeth, including bridgework, removable appliances and re-treatment of failing root canal (endodontic) therapy.
Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges should usually last more than 10 years if well cared for, but at some point they will need to be replaced. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time.
Placing a tooth-supported bridge usually requires preparation of the teeth on one or both sides of the missing tooth or teeth, therefore damaging healthy teeth to restore those that are missing. The prepared healthy teeth are attached to, and support, the bridge. This does result in an increased chance of needing further work in future on these teeth, whether it be a new bridge, root canal treatment or in the worst cases, extraction.
Because dental implants go into the jawbone, in the spot where your missing tooth root was, they don't affect the adjacent healthy teeth. They also help prevent the healthy adjacent teeth from shifting as they would if an empty space were left for an extended period of time.
Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to additional health issues, such as the loss and deterioration of some of your jawbone. When it is not being used to support a natural tooth, the jawbone deteriorates, losing its strength and firmness. Dental implants are the only restorative option that can prevent bone loss and stimulate natural bone growth.
Many people report that after a while their dentures become progressively looser and do not fit as well as they once did. Initially the increased rate of bone loss following extractions is responsible for the observed deterioration of denture fit. Over the long-term it is the direct effect of chewing forces that causes slow resorption of supporting bone. Most people who have had dentures for many years will have needed a reline procedure to compensate for this bone loss. The longer that dentures are worn, the less bone will generally be available for dental implants.
No need to stay home or feel uncomfortable in public, embarrassed because your smile looks different, or worrying that missing teeth will limit your ability to join in the fun or that removable dentures or tooth-supported replacement teeth will loosen or fall out when you talk, eat or laugh. Teeth restored with dental implants are teeth that let you, not your teeth, lead your life.
A face without teeth can sag and appear sunken and sad. Dental implants allow you to maintain the natural shape of your face and smile, improving facial contours and minimizing premature wrinkles.
Dental implants allow you to keep your teeth where they belong – in your mouth. And no more worrying that your dentures might slip or fall out. Brush, floss and care for teeth that have been replaced using dental implants exactly the way you would natural teeth.
Dentures can often slip when you eat, talk, smile, laugh, kiss, yawn or cough, so that you have to "reposition" them back into place in the mouth. By having the denture attached to dental implants you can are fixed in place and fuse naturally with your jawbone, meaning your replacement teeth won't move or click.
Adjusting to removable dentures can mean struggling to pronounce everyday words. Not so with implants. Because dental implants function like natural teeth, your speech will be unaffected.
Taste and enjoy the foods you love without hesitation. With dental implants you can bite naturally, eat virtually anything you want and, unlike removable dentures that can feel uncomfortable, you can experience the full taste of the food.