Having dental implants will enable you to look forward to a wide range of benefits, which is why they have become such a popular option among those looking for both single and multiple tooth replacement. Some of the main benefits of having this type of procedure over other forms of tooth replacement include:
They feel natural: Unlike many other tooth replacement solutions, implants feel really natural once they have settled so you don’t have to worry about feeling uncomfortable or experiencing discomfort all the time. You can eat, talk, and smile as normal with the confidence that you have a dazzling set of teeth that will turn heads.
They look great: Dental implants look really great and can make a huge difference to your smile as well as your appearance. The implanted teeth will enable you to enjoy an even, natural smile, which can work wonders for your self confidence as well particularly if you have been troubled by damaged teeth in the past.
They can last for life: Like your normal teeth, you need to ensure you look after your implants once they are in and settled. However, this will definitely pay off because as long as you look after them the implants can last for the rest of your life so you will no longer have to worry about things such as replacement dentures or other tooth replacement costs.
Improving self esteem: If you have missing or damaged teeth, it can have a serious knock on effect on your self esteem. Many people with damaged teeth don’t even like smiling or eating in front of others because they are embarrassed about the appearance of their teeth. Having dental implants can restore that lovely smile and this will have a positive effect on your confidence levels and your self esteem, as you will be more than happy to laugh, smile, talk, and eat with others around.
Improving speech: If you have dentures that are not properly fitted, they can often affect your speech. As a result many people end up paying for dentures and then hardly ever wearing them because they don’t want their speech to be impaired as a result of the dentures slipping. With implants, this won’t be a problem because they are permanently fixed and therefore cannot slip.
Higher levels of comfort: Anyone that has worn dentures in the past will know that they can cause a lot of discomfort. However, the implants are a part of you once they are fitted and this means that you won’t have to worry about feeling any discomfort. They will simply feel perfectly natural.
Making it easier to eat: When it comes to eating, having missing teeth or removable dentures can make life difficult. With dentures, they can slide around and this can make it very difficult to chew food. When you have dental implants, this is another worry that can be eliminated as you will be able to eat perfectly normally with your implants.
They are permanent: Aside from all the other issues, another problem with dentures is the inconvenience and embarrassment of having to keep removing them and then putting them back in. With dental implants, these are permanent fixtures in your mouth just like natural teeth. So, you won’t have to worry about taking them out and putting them in as and when required.
With so many benefits, it is little wonder that more and more people have opted for dental implants when considering a tooth replacement solution.
What is involved in the process?
The process of dental implant surgery can vary from one person to another based on the amount of work required. It also depends on the type of implant as well as how healthy your jawbone is. For instance, in some cases a bone graft may be required if your jawbone is not healthy enough but this is something that the dentist will be able to determine during consultations and x-rays prior to surgery.
In a nutshell, metal posts are screwed into the jawbone for each of the teeth that need to be replaced. The titanium in these posts is able to fuse with your jawbone, which means that there is no risk of them slipping and moving around. In order to provide the right level of support for the new teeth, the bone has to heal properly and tightly around the implants.
The entire process can take months to complete because this healing and tightening process does not occur overnight. However, you need to remember that the treatment time varies based on the health of your jawbone and whether teeth need to first be extracted. This means that it could take anything between several months to twelve months for the treatment to be completed.