When it comes to achieving a bright, beautiful smile you can be proud of, there are a whole host of cosmetic dentistry techniques that can help you achieve the results you’re looking for. But, with so many options to choose from, and such much information out there, how do you choose which is the best option for you? To give you an insight into how dental implants can help you unveil a bold, bright, confident smile, we’ve taken a look at the benefits of implants over other cosmetic dental options…
First up, what are dental implants?
Dental implants offer a permanent replacement for missing or failing tooth roots. The implant itself is a titanium screw, which replaces the tooth root and can be used to replace single teeth, several teeth, or even as part of a complete reconstruction.
Titanium is the most bio-compatible material available – once it has been inserted, it fuses to the jaw bone, ensuring that it never becomes loose.
How do dental implants work?
Firstly, the implant is inserted into the jawbone and the natural healing process begins. During this time, the implant begins to fuse to the bone (in case you’re wondering, the process is called osseointegration!).
The next stage is to connect a post to the implant, followed by a porcelain crown, which will resemble a real tooth and improve your smile immediately!
So, what are the alternatives?
There are two alternative treatments: a removable denture, which can be taken in and out of the mouth, or a bridge, which is fixed in place.
Like any procedure, bridges and dentures bring with them a number of disadvantages:
Dentures – The main disadvantage of dentures is that those wearing them feel very aware that they have a removable, foreign object in their mouth – causing self-esteem and confidence issues. Other issues include the need to clean and replace the dentures, difficulties cleaning, speech problems, and discomfort – all of which tend to get worse over time.
Bridges – The process of inserting a bridge often involves cutting down one or two teeth at either side of the space where the tooth has been lost. A cap or a crown is then applied to one or both of these teeth to hold onto the false tooth. This cutting down of the healthy tooth can cause the tooth to die within just a matter of years, causing discomfort and maybe even the need for the tooth to be removed.
The advantages of dental implants
Implant teeth offer a variety of advantages over dentures and bridges, including:
Eating with dental implants is far easier than it is with dentures, so you can enjoy your meals without any pain or discomfort. Your sense of taste will also be better as the roof of your mouth will not be covered, as it would be with a denture.
Speech is often better with teeth implants than it is with other techniques and the implants offer a sense of confidence as you don’t need to worry about them slipping or dropping.
Missing teeth can have a huge impact on your smile and your confidence. With their natural appearance, tooth implants will restore the appearance of your smile, and give your confidence a boost.
Dental implants can also fill out the mouth and giving a more youthful appearance to the entire face.
Unlike dentures and bridges, which simply conceal the gap, implants actually stimulate bone growth as the bone grows around the implant to support it, just as it would do with natural roots.
Good oral hygiene and dental health – looking after implants is just as important as looking after natural teeth. Tooth implants are much easier to take care of than dentures or bridges, so there’s no excuse for poor hygiene!
The implants also protect the surrounding teeth as teeth are less likely to break if there are no gaps next to them.
Dental implants make chewing much easier, which means you can enjoy your favourite hard foods, such as carrots and apples. As well as being delicious, these also have significant health benefits!
Although the success of dental implants depends on a range of factors, the procedure has a success rate over 95%.