3 Things You Should Know Regarding Dental Implants

21 March 2018
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

Are your teeth in less than perfect condition? Are you wishing that you could have teeth that reflect the way you think your mouth should look? Many people are genetically predisposed to bad teeth or have had an accident that resulted in the loss of one or more of their teeth. Traditionally, the solution to damaged or lost teeth is to simply replace them with either partial or full dentures, but these don't always look as natural as they could. Fortunately, dental implants offer another solution to this issue. If you've never heard of dental implants or have never considered them in the past, here are some things that you may want to know:

More stable: With partial dentures, the artificial teeth in question may be held in position with a combination of denture adhesive and wires that use the surrounding teeth for support. Unfortunately, this support is actually not very strong and partial dentures are typically only good for aesthetic reasons and not for actual chewing. While this may be fine for some people, other people do want to be able to chew with their artificial teeth. Because dental implants are secured by pins in your jawbone, the connection is much more stable and you're often able to use the implants just as you would use your natural teeth.

Better comfort: Full dentures and partial dentures can often be uncomfortable to wear for prolonged periods due to a variety of factors. This may be because of the wires that hold partial dentures in place or because the shape of your gums have changed and your full dentures no longer fit properly. While there are things that your dentist can do to help alleviate this discomfort, there may be no way to completely eliminate it. In contrast, dental implants do require surgery at the beginning but any discomfort after you actually get your new teeth in place is going to be minimal or non-existent.

Improved appearance: Better stability and comfort aren't simply things that only you will notice. For instance, the people around you might notice that you're speaking or chewing awkwardly due having to deal with full or partial dentures. Although it doesn't happen to everyone, you might gain a slight lisp or slur as you try to avoid hitting the appliance with your tongue. But due to the way that dental implants work, these effects are almost entirely negated when you have dental implants. As a result, it's unlikely that anyone will even realize that they're not your natural teeth.