Losing your teeth is a really traumatic experience, in fact there have even been reports saying that it’s just as traumatic as losing a limb. It makes us feel ugly, old, and unhealthy. The reality of course is that none of these are true, but living with the trauma and daily reminder of false teeth or even missing teeth is very tough. This is why today we’re going to be taking a look at dental implants Plymouth and the massive difference these clever little appliances can make.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a permanent solution to lost teeth. They are a two part appliance with an anchor which is surgically placed into the jaw and crown (false tooth) that’s screwed into place. To begin with it can sound a little jarring and scary, but the results of this clever technology are really game changing for those who bite the bullet and opt for them.
A lifelong investment
One thing to keep in mind when contemplating dental implants is that these have the potential to literally last your lifetime, if they’re taken care of correctly.
Dental implants are the first system that acts just like a natural tooth in that it’s always in place and you can chew, clean and basically live as you did prior to the tooth loss. If you’re cleaning your teeth every day and following dental hygiene best practices then you shouldn’t have any problems with your implants. If you neglect them, however, then you could well end up developing peri-implantitis which is an infection of the implant site. This can result in the loss of the implant.
Dental implants are also phenomenal as they are the only system that stimulates bone regeneration which is really important if you want to stop more teeth from falling out. Unfortunately the older we get the more bone density we lose and this can be really detrimental to our teeth. Bone only stays dense in areas where it’s being stimulated and so if we stop stimulating the bone it’s going to break down and once a tooth is lost that area is no longer being stimulated, which can then spread to the area beside the lost tooth too. This is the most common reason for people to lose multiple teeth. And so dental implants are going to help stop this from happening!
As we’ve already said, tooth loss can be colossal for confidence and a life lived feeling self-conscious is just really less than ideal for anyone. Dental implants are able to give a major injection of self-love back. You won’t be reminded about the loss every day when you’re taking false teeth in and out, or worrying that they might slip during the day or worse even fall out. You won’t have to worry about whistling when you talk or avoiding certain types of foods. You will be able to go about your life just as you did before!
Get in contact with your local dentist to talk more about dental implants and if they’re the right choice for you.