There’s no substitute for your own teeth, but sometimes tooth loss can occur, warranting tooth replacement treatment. Dental implants are the next best thing to a real tooth, as they look and behave just real teeth. Made from titanium, a biocompatible metal, implants are very rarely rejected by the human body and act as a new replacement for your lost tooth’s root.
Here are 5 reasons why implants should be at the top of your list, if you’re looking to replace a missing tooth in Norwich.
#1 They protect other teeth
Losing a single tooth may not seem like such a big deal when it comes to eating. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth, especially in the long term.
Even one missing tooth can impact the way the mouth works to break down food, placing strain on neighbouring teeth, which are forced to pick up the slack. Lost molars are particular troublesome, as these are the teeth we use to break down most of our food. With even one molar lost, eating can become a challenge.
#2 Rescue your jawbone
Did you know? In the first year after losing just a single tooth, the jawbone shirks by up to 25%? To stop this accelerating on until very little or no jawbone remains at the site of the missing tooth, replacing it with an implant as soon as possible.
Whilst it’s true that there are other means of tooth replacement like dentures and bridges, these cannot offer the same level of support for your jawbone as an implant will. This is because of the fact that implants are placed directly into the jawbone, which then grows around the implant, encouraging the grow of new cells and bone. Thanks to this, the jawbone can remain strong and sufficient enough to keep your facial structure in tact. Which brings us on to our next point…
#3 Preserve a youthful appearance
The knock-on effect of jawbone loss can go on to cause serious changes to your face’s appearance. As jawbone becomes lost, the cheek area becomes hollow and the chin begins to protrude, through lack of stimulation between the teeth and the jawbone. This can often cause premature wrinkles in these area as the skin begins to sag. However, most catastrophically, the emotional impact of this transition can leave individuals feeling really unhappy with their appearance.
One of the best transformations we see after patients undergo treatment with dental implants, is the surge in confidence they feel after having reversed these physical changes.
#4 Learn to love your food again
Food is up there with one of the best things a person can enjoy in life, and to do so, you need a healthy set of teeth. Missing teeth can throw a spanner in the works when eating, especially tougher foods like starchy bread, steak, game and confectionary.
Missing teeth make breaking down foods an ordeal, and they can also eventually cause gaps in your smile, as a result of teeth drifting out of position. With the issue of unnatural gaps and a lack of teeth to tackle tougher foods, you may find eating isn’t quite the pleasure it used to be.
Individual dental implants are a solution to addressing this, and if you’ve been wearing an old set of ill-fitting dentures for a number of years, you may wish to replace these with All-on-4 dental implants, which secure a set of custom dentures or a bridge in place.
#5 Replace old dentures
As we mentioned in the point above, it’s now possible to replace teeth using implants, but also using dentures or a bridge. This is particularly helpful for those looking to replace multiple missing teeth but who are looking for a more cost-effective option than individual implants.
Securing dentures or a bridge with implants gives a remarkable amount of stability when you eat and chew. You’ll no longer have to worry about your teeth slipping out of position, and the feeling of embarrassment that can sometimes accompany this.
One of the most amazing things about the All-on-4 system, is it can be performed in a single day! You’ll be able to leave the practice with a set of temporary teeth to wear before your new permanent teeth arrive.
Dental implants – your lifelong friends
With good at-home care and consistent dentist and hygienist attendance, there’s no reason why your dental implants won’t last your whole life long.
The most amazing transformation we see as a result of dental implants placement, is how it helps patients to feel more comfortable in themselves, and therefore around others too. When you invest in tooth replacement treatment such as dental implants, you’re investing in your wellbeing and your happiness, in addition to your oral health.
If you’re looking for a reputable dentist to perform dental implants in Norwich, look no further than Corner House dental. Contact us today, to transform your smile, and to maintain great dental health, overseen by experienced professionals.