Whether you are young or elderly, losing teeth can have a serious impact on your confidence. In the media today, images of celebrities with perfectly straight, gapless smiles are everywhere, causing many people with dental imperfections to feel very disheartened.
While younger individuals who have lost a tooth or teeth focus on aesthetic pressures, is it easy to forget that people who are older also worry about the functionality of their mouths. Not too long ago, the gold standard for tooth replacement was a set of dentures or a bridge but with advances in dental techniques and the common issues suffered by many wearing dentures, this is no longer the only option available.
A more permanent solution to missing teeth, dental implants in Melbourne are the optimum way to restore the functionality of teeth, all while looking natural and giving you a confidence boost.
But what are the other benefits of having oral implants fitted? Read on to find out!
Promotes bone growth
Regardless of age, when we lose teeth, the surrounding jawbone recedes, as it is no longer holding the tooth in place.
While this seems like a minimal issue, if you have any natural surrounding teeth, this can cause destabilisation, causing the teeth to move, become wobbly or even fall out.
Once the implant is fitted to the jaw, the surrounding bone will grow to accommodate it, thus, stabilising any natural teeth.
Anyone who has worn dentures can attest that, while they can be an amazing replacement for teeth, they can often rub against the gum line.
This can cause sore spots, ulcers and even infection if the gum tissue is opened by the friction; all of which are very uncomfortable. Once the implants and prostheses (teeth) are fitted to your jaw, there will be no discomfort caused by rubbing, movement or friction.
Better facial symmetry
If you have lost a row of teeth on one side of your face, this can cause that side to look hollow, which can make you look older or create issues with facial symmetry.
As implants are attached to the bone and fitted to match your mouth size and shape, they instantly restore symmetry to the face and give a plumper look to the skin, reducing the appearance of any wrinkles you may have had.
Teeth are important for the correct digestion of food.
When you have lost teeth, it is harder to break down and grind food, which can lead to secondary issues like indigestion, acid reflux and poor diet.
As implants are fixed in place and aligned correctly, the breaking down of food becomes easier, leading to correct digestion.
When you have gaps in your teeth, your tongue is not held in place appropriately.
This can cause problems with speech, pronunciation or inflection. As implants are fitted to the jaw, your tongue is held in the correct position, creating better vocal patterns.
All dental treatments carry potential risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.