Five Dental Implants Benefits You Might Not Know About

Dental Implants: Five Reasons They Are Right for You

Teeth are important and never more so than when you lose one. Missing teeth can not only ruin your smile, but they can also affect you in many other ways. Whether you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, the benefits of dental implants might just surprise you.

1. Talking

It may be obvious, but our teeth make a difference in how we talk. To make sounds, our tongue works with our teeth and a gap can make it difficult to pronounce certain letters and words. Bridges and dentures can also impact the way we speak and if you feel you struggle to articulate yourself, dental implants can change that. Because dental implants do not move or cover the roof of the mouth the way dentures do, they can make it easier to talk clearly. 

If you have single teeth missing, you may have just been putting up with gaps. Additionally, covering your mouth when talking because you feel uncomfortable about missing teeth can muffle your speech. Most people are amazed by this dental implant benefit.

2. Eating

Yes, you probably are not surprised by this. Gaps, bridges, and dentures can make eating chewy and hard food more difficult. Eating without your dentures also puts additional stress on your gums and can cause small abrasions, which increase the potential of gum disease. 

Missing teeth can also cause changes to the way your bite aligns, making it harder to chew food. One of the main benefits of dental implants is that they function like real teeth and for anyone who wants to be able to eat whatever they fancy without worrying, dental implants are truly brilliant.

3. Crooked Teeth

Your teeth support each other. When one or more is missing, your other teeth can begin to shift. This can result in the rest of your teeth becoming crooked, meaning even if you are not particularly concerned by a gap from a tooth, if you have lost a tooth or teeth from the back of your mouth, this can cause your front teeth to move. 

Multiple missing teeth can also cause your jawbone to degrade over time, which can not only lead to crooked teeth, but it can also cause your face shape to change, making you look older as your jawbone shrinks. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone in the same way as natural teeth, preventing this from happening. 

4. Gum Disease and Decay

You may have noticed that your gums feel sore since you have lost a tooth or teeth. Gaps provide a place for food particles to get stuck, which can lead to gum recession, gum disease, and tooth decay. Missing teeth also put more pressure on the rest of your teeth, causing tooth wear and weakness that can lead to teeth cracking and chipping. Unfortunately, the result is often more teeth are lost, becoming a vicious cycle.

5. Confidence

Whether you struggle with any of the above, missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious. Maybe you try to cover your mouth when you speak, laugh or smile, or avoid going to restaurants? Or do you dodge photos and then look back at special days and events to have no record of you ever being there? 

When you are not worried about your teeth, there are so many things that you can enjoy. Smile confidence is important, maybe more than you may think. It means you can apply for that new job, go on that first date, be in photos and live your life the way you want to. And that’s got to be the most important dental implant benefit!

Who Can Get Dental Implants?

Almost anyone can get dental implants; that said, there are some things you will need to check:

Gum disease will need to be resolved prior to having dental implants fitted. The good news is that with regular hygienist visits and good oral care, gum disease can be reversed and your mouth will be healthy, hygienic and pain-free once more.

Smoking and dental implants aren’t the best of friends. In some individuals, smoking can delay healing and lead to implants failing. Smokers are also more likely to have gum disease. Although your gums may be healthy enough to have dental implants, if you smoke then it’s best to consider quitting before you have implants placed.

Radiation therapy can reduce the chance of dental implants fusing and make it more likely for them to fail.  If you have had radiation therapy of the head or neck area then your dentist will analyse the risks and implications of this with you.

What Is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are life-changing and success rates are high when performed for appropriate candidates by experienced implant dentists. Research and clinical studies indicate that the overall success rate of implants is between 90% and 95% over a ten year period, although they’ve been known to last a lifetime. 

To increase the success rate of your dental implants, choose a UK dentist registered with the GDC, resolve gum disease before having implants and visit the hygienist regularly following them. It goes without saying, have an excellent home oral care regime. If you do this, your dental implants have an excellent chance of lasting for the rest of your life. 

To find out if you are suitable for dental implants, send us a WhatsApp on 07385297562 or email (Link to making@smilestories.co), and we will arrange for our friendly team to contact you. You can have a casual chat about implants, find out if you may be suitable and ask any burning questions you may have.

If that sounds good then you’re more than welcome to meet Carmen at the clinic and find out more. With manageable finance options, there is no reason to suffer from missing teeth; why wait any longer to enjoy a lifetime of smile confidence?


AUTHOR

Dr Gareth Edwards BDS (Hons) MFDS RCPS (Glasg) qualified from dental school with honours. Practising from Bournemouth and Poole, he has a keen interest in orthodontics and aesthetic dentistry and is a certified Invisalign provider. Smile Stories provide teeth whitening Bournemouth.

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