If you’ve been putting up with having missing teeth for a while now, then you may feel as though you can make do with the way your smile appears, despite the gaps that are there. However, there are a number of medical reasons why you should replace missing teeth and finding a solution that works for you is a savvy move to make.
The problems with missing teeth
If you have gaps, you leave remaining natural teeth and gums exposed to more bacteria, which may lead to further problems. You could also develop a shrunken face, which can be ageing. This is because the face needs all of your teeth to give it structure and support the skin that covers it. If the teeth are missing, your face can become drawn and the skin can appear more creased. Aside from this, you may also need to replace your missing teeth because having lost teeth can lead to speech difficulties, problems with chewing and jaw pain. By addressing your missing teeth, you could solve all of these issues and have a beautiful smile to boot!
While there are a number of solutions to replacing missing teeth, dentists often recommend dental implants, where possible, because it arguably provides the nearest thing to having natural teeth. Dental implants are metal screws that are attached to the jawbone, where teeth are missing. To these screws, replacement teeth can then be attached and shouldn’t move at all, because the screws fuse with the gums that heal around them. Dental implants can be used for a single tooth replacement, but may also be utilised for multiple teeth or a whole set replacement. Replacement teeth that are attached to the screws can be crowns, bridges or dentures.
Other reasons to choose dental implants
The great thing about dental implants is undeniably the fact that you won’t need to worry about removing your replacement teeth to clean them and when you go to bed. They should stay in your mouth at all times, just like your natural teeth. Cleaning your dental implants is really easy as you just have to brush and floss regularly, as well as visit your dentist for routine check-ups. Also, you won’t need to worry about adapting your diet at all, because of your implants; all you will need to do is keep enjoying all the food you would normally eat! You won’t have to avoid any hard or chewy food, for example, nor will you need to worry about your teeth loosening when you talk either.
To find out more about these prosthetics you will need to find a dental practice that offers dental implants. You will then need to book in for an initial consultation to explore the treatment options with your dentist. This will usually involve a thorough examination of your mouth and teeth to ascertain what the treatment options are for your individual needs. You should take this opportunity to ask as many questions as you need to feel informed and able to make the right choice about which treatment to proceed with. If dental implants are offered, why not treat yourself and get that new smile?!
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.