If you have one or more missing teeth, it’s likely that you have at least considered looking into dental implants. Though once a relatively uncommon procedure carried out at select dental surgeries across the country, recent years have seen dental implants become an everyday, routine procedure carried out at a growing number of clinics. Not only this, but the once prohibitively elevated costs of high quality dental implants have slowly but surely fallen over the years, with options on the table right now to suit almost any budget.
Tooth loss is something that can affect absolutely anyone at any time with little to no warning. Even with the best electric toothbrush on the market and the most outstanding oral hygiene regime, you cannot and will not ever be entirely immune to tooth loss. That said, there will always be those who are more likely to suffer tooth loss than others – including those with gum disease.
But whatever the cause of tooth loss, it is always advisable to explore every available option, rather than simply accept that the tooth is gone. Of all available options, there are few that can be compared to the advantages a quality implant can bring.
So for anyone considering dental implants but still in need of a gentle nudge in the right direction, here’s a quick rundown of ten reasons to go ahead with what could be a life changing procedure:
- Dental implants look like natural teeth
First of all, there is absolutely no solution for tooth loss that can result in a more natural and seamless aesthetic effect that a dental implant. It is fundamentally impossible to detect a high quality dental implant positioned in and among natural teeth in the mouth. Absolutely everything that is visible from the gum line looks identical to the rest of the teeth in the mouth, meaning the only people that will know you have a prosthetic tooth are those you choose to tell yourself.
- Dental implants feel and act like natural teeth
But it’s not just about the way they look, either. Dental implants feel and act in the mouth exactly the same as natural teeth. Implants offer the same stability and overall feel as the rest of the teeth in your mouth, meaning that it won’t be long before you completely forget there is in fact a false tooth in your mouth at all.
- Dental implants can protect against bone loss
One of the biggest problems that accompany tooth loss is the way in which it can slowly but surely begin with the loss of bone around the site of the missing tooth. Just as soon as the tooth has been lost, there is no longer any reason for the bone to continue developing and strengthening itself, where the tooth was once positioned. Over time, this can lead to dangerous and painful bone loss.
- Dental implants support the structure of your face
Should you begin to lose bone mass around the site of the lost tooth, it is perfectly possible that this can begin to have a ‘sinking’ effect on your face. The greater the bone loss, the bigger the impact on your overall facial structure which may eventually prove to be irreversible.
- Dental implants can last a lifetime
Just as long as you protect and care for your dental implants as you would your natural teeth, they have the potential to stay exactly where they are and do what they do for an entire lifetime.
- Dental implants are becoming more affordable
It’s important to consider the cost of a dental implant in terms of the long-term value for money and benefits it will offer in return. Along with having an extremely positive impact on your life in general, quality dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. Which means that when considered on an annual or even monthly basis, even the most ‘expensive’ dental implants represent truly outstanding value for money.
- Dental implants won’t limit what you eat
One of the most immediate benefits that comes with this kind of tooth replacement is the way in which it once again means freedom in terms of your dietary choices. Strong enough to tackle things like steak or apple and easy enough to clean using your usual toothpaste and high-quality dental floss, it really is like having the tooth you lost returned to its former home.
- Dental implants let you eat, talk and laugh with confidence
If you are aware of the fact that the false tooth or teeth within your mouth are clearly visible, this may have an effect on the way you talk, laugh, eat and smile during the course of daily life. With a dental implant that is 100% undetectable, you will be able to do all of these things with complete and total confidence.
- Dental implants are low-maintenance
Once a prosthetic tooth has been implanted, the only maintenance required is the same as that you are already providing for the rest of your teeth. Regular brushing, flossing and periodic dental checkups are really all it takes to hold onto dental implants for life.
- Dental implants are almost always successful
Last but not least, dental implant procedures have an incredibly high success rate when compared to pretty much every other everyday dental procedure across the board. In fact, approximately 98% of such procedures produce exactly the expected and intended results, meaning you are all but guaranteed to walk away with your everyday life changed for the better.