What are they?
A dental implant is an anchor used to replace missing teeth. It is the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. Essentially, it is a small titanium post/fixture that is inserted into the jawbone, on top of which a single crown (cap), fixed bridge, partial denture, or full denture can be attached. Once the implant integrates with your bone, a structure called an abutment is connected to the implant and the artificial tooth or teeth are attached. The three parts of an implant restoration are the dental implant itself, the abutment, and the artificial tooth.
Who are they for?
Dental implants can be a smart choice for adults of all ages, whether you were born without a tooth or had teeth removed due to injury, infection, or decay. People who want a permanent alternative to dentures, or people whose smiles suffer because of a medical condition are good candidates for dental implants. Most patients who are healthy enough to undergo normal dental treatment can have dental implants.
10 Reasons to Get Dental Implants
1) Improved Appearance: Dental implants look more natural than removable dentures in appearance and are more attractive. They look and feel like natural teeth.
2) Improved Confidence: Removable dentures can become loose and cause embarrassment for the patient in social situations. With the dental implant prosthesis, a person can feel confident that teeth will be stable. All regular activities can be performed without fear of embarrassment.
3) Comfort and Convenience: Removable dentures can be inconvenient because they should be taken out at night for cleaning. They can cause sore spots in the mouth under the denture. With a dental implant supported prostheses, there are no sore spots. Removable dentures often require messy adhesives. Patients with dental implants do not experience these uncomfortable situations.
4) Improved Eating: Removable dentures can slide and move during eating and make eating difficult and embarrassing. The ability to chew foods improves dramatically with dental implants. Removable dentures are much less efficient than a person’s natural teeth, while a prosthesis supported by dental implants functions like natural teeth, making eating an enjoyable and easy experience.
5) Durability: Dental Implants have an extremely high rate of success and durability and can last a lifetime with good care.
6) Improved Nutrition and Health: Not all foods can be eaten with removable dentures. With dental implants, people can eat a varied, healthy diet - including chewy and crunchy foods.
7) Improved Taste: With conventional dentures food is more difficult to taste & enjoy because an upper removable denture covers the roof of the mouth. With dental implants, the roof of the mouth is not covered, and food can be tasted fully.
8) Improved Speech: Removable dentures can make speech sound garbled. With dental implants, speech is improved, and patients can feel confident during daily conversations.
9) Preserving Bone: Bone loss is one of most devastating problems for patients wearing removable dentures. Gradually, removable dentures can become more difficult to wear because of this bone loss. The ridge gradually wears away providing less support for the denture. Dental implants act like natural teeth and aid in bone preservation.
10) Reduced Chance of Loss: Removable dentures can get lost. Dental implants cannot be removed and misplaced.