Dental implants provide efficient and long-lasting solutions to problems caused by missing teeth. The loss of even a single natural tooth can have a significant impact in normal daily activities; the loss of several or all of the natural teeth can result to severe difficulties in managing even the basic acts of chewing food, or smiling. An implant treatment can successfully restore both the form and the function of the teeth that have been lost due to a number of reasons.
One of the most important dental implant benefits is aesthetic improvement. The loss of a natural tooth (or several teeth) can greatly affect ones appearance. The smile will look incomplete and unhealthy if even one of the teeth is missing, and the smiles attractiveness is greatly reduced. Dental implants work by replacing the tooth with an artificial tooth root, which is attached to a dental restoration such as a dental crown or a dental bridge. An implant treatment makes the smile look healthy and complete once more. The restoration of a healthy-looking smile can do wonders in ones self-confidence – there is no need to feel embarrassed or self-conscious anymore with a smile that looks attractive after a dental implants treatment.
Speech function and chewing capabilities are negatively affected with the loss of teeth. Even one single tooth can make it very difficult to pronounce words clearly, and make eating or chewing food items very uncomfortable to manage. Eating with missing teeth places unnecessary stress on the gums, which take on the role of the teeth in chewing food, and this can lead to painful gums. Speaking or talking, on the other hand, can be embarrassing and challenging to do as pronunciation is changed drastically with the loss of teeth. A dental implant, along with the tooth restoration, replaces the function of the missing tooth so that one can chew food properly once more; the implants will also make it possible for a person who previously suffered from missing teeth to pronounce words clearly.
Bone deterioration can be avoided, or prevented from progressing any further, with dental implants. Missing teeth cause the loss of the natural tooth root as well; this tooth root is responsible for the stimulation of the jawbone tissue. When natural teeth are lost, the stimulation that comes from the root is also eliminated causing the gradual deterioration of the healthy jawbone structure. The dental implant acts as a replacement for the missing tooth root, and helps in keeping the jawbone tissue stimulated.