Dental implant procedures have come a long way since dentists first invented the treatment in 1965.
A recent study found that after ten years, the success rate of implants was 99.7%. Not many treatments can boast those sorts of figures!
So it's time to ditch any preconceptions you had about dental implants. They may be the perfect dental care solution for you. Check out these impressive benefits if you are missing a tooth and wonder if implants are the right option.
Replace a Missing Tooth
Perhaps you have lost a tooth due to an accident or severe tooth decay. A missing molar might not be visible, but you'll notice the absence when chewing food.
Perhaps you often eat on only one side of your mouth to avoid the missing tooth.
An implant will restore you to your complete set of adult teeth, meaning you won't have to adjust everyday habits others take for granted, such as how you eat.
A Beautiful Smile
A nice smile is more than aesthetics, though it doesn't hurt to use dental treatment to help improve your appearance. But for many dental patients, implants help give them more confidence to smile.
A missing or damaged tooth often makes people feel self-conscious about how they look, and some people will even hold back on smiling because of that.
Implants can help you restore a beaming smile to your face when at a social gathering, job interview, or wedding photo.
Prevent Jaw Bone Loss
When you lose a tooth, the bone in the jaw starts to deteriorate. When you have a dental implant, the implant is secured to the jaw bone. This construction acts as resistance for the tooth implant when chewing.
But that resistance also helps maintain strength and density in the bone, preventing any loss in the bone area around the missing tooth.
Maintaining the bone in your jaw will also help preserve your mouth structure, meaning your teeth and jaw area will still be strong and as straight as they were before you lost your tooth.
That will make a difference to your external appearance too. Jaw bone loss will affect your smile and facial symmetry, and it may cause facial sagging if the bone loss is significant.
Protect Against Gum Disease
The first sign of gum disease is bleeding gums. What's more, the long-term impact of gum disease, when it's advanced, is often devastating for the patient. It can lead to receding gums and even further tooth loss.
Keeping your gums healthy will protect against gum diseases. Implants can help you by forming a protective barrier between bacteria and the empty gumline after losing a tooth.
Dental Care and Dental Implants
Good dental care is about finding a long-term solution that protects your mouth, prevents future dental problems, and gives you that beautiful smile. And dental implants can do that for you.
To see if it's the best treatment for you, why not book a consultation with us at Linwell Park Dental Centre and talk to one of our experienced professionals today?