Dental implants have transformed the dental expectations and experiences of people across the world. Introduced 40 years ago, they have improved the dental outcomes of patients, allowing them to deal with issues of dental restoration with better quality solutions. They are resilient and, 40 years on, look so natural that it’s hard for anyone to guess that a person has had a dental implant. There are numerous benefits to be gained from getting dental implants that extend beyond function and aesthetics.
Allows a Person to Have a Healthy Diet
It is often left unsaid that in order to have a healthy diet, a person needs to be able to chew their food. Diet is often discussed from the perspective of how dietary choices can impact oral health. We are told that we should avoid fizzy drinks, sugar, and other unhealthy foods, for instance. What we do not hear so much is that broken, missing or loose teeth can be a barrier to digging away at leafy greens, sweet potatoes or almonds. Dental implants, because they restore the functionality of the teeth, give back the possibility of having a healthy diet.
Prevent Teeth from Shifting
Lost teeth make the structure of the teeth unstable, causing teeth to shift in response to the gap in the structure. This shifting is disorderly, creating one very ugly mess as the teeth shift toward the gap. Opposing teeth are prone to get out of place, leading to various dental problems. When you get dental implants, instead of this unwieldy shifting, stability and structure are restored to the mouth.
Protecting the Integrity of the Jawbone
When a tooth is lost, the corresponding jawbone begins to collapse, often in a matter of weeks or months. From this point, the situation only deteriorates. The jawbone in the area where the tooth was lost begins to decrease in both density and volume, in a process called “atrophy of disuse”.
When you get dental implants, this process is stopped dead in its tracks because it keeps the jawbone in use. Importantly, no other dental restorative work has the same effect.
They Build Self-Esteem
It is pretty hard to laugh out loud or smile heartily when you know you have missing or broken teeth. Research shows that people moderate their smiles according to how happy happy they are with their smiles. There is a real link between your willingness to express joy and the quality of your dental health.
Dental Implants Do Not Decay
Tooth decay is one of the biggest causes of tooth failures. Dental implants do not decay. If you take care of them, they can last a lifetime, and do so in better condition than the rest of your teeth. Because they are impervious to tooth decay, your rate of tooth failure will come down once you have them.
This does not mean that you do not need to take care of dental implants. Your dental implants dentist will always stress to you that aftercare will be very important to maintaining the health of your dental implants.