A beautiful and natural smile is one of the most important parts of our appearance.
Just one missing tooth can cause changes in the balance of occlusion. If you miss more than one tooth, it will weaken your ability to bite and prevent you from enjoying a versatile diet.
All too often this balance is lost for just one missing tooth or old fillings which have come off.
All this is important, but a more serious problem is hiding beneath the surface: bone atrophy.
The jawbone needs the strain to the teeth caused by biting to keep healthy. Otherwise it will start to atrophy in the same way as the unused muscles of a plastered limb begin to decrease.
Without the support of the teeth and the jawbones your facial muscles will look older than they are.
Tooth implants have successfully been used for thirty years to replace teeth which are missing due to an accident, advanced cavities or gingivitis/inflammation of the gums.
The dental implant is an artificial root, is manufactured of tissue-friendly titanium.
After the implant has been installed, there is period of ossification during which the artificial root is tightly fastened to the jawbone.
The visible part of the tooth, the crown, is constructed on top of the ossified implant. With new technology it is possible to make the crown look exactly like your own tooth.
The functioning of removable dentures can be improved with implants by achieving better stability.
Advantages of dental implants
· Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, a few teeth, or all the teeth on one or both arches of your mouth.
· Implants are fixed in place and do not move. Therefore, there is no slipping or clicking as with dentures.
· Implant supported teeth are the closest thing possible to natural teeth. They look, feel and function just like your natural teeth.
· Dental implants allow you to eat all the foods you like, just as with natural teeth.
· Dental implants have proven to be reliable, with a 95% or higher success rate. The success of dental implants is supported by decades of clinical experience and hundreds of thousands of satisfied patients
· Dental implants and your new teeth can be placed without impacting other healthy teeth. This is not true with traditional bridges, which require filing down of healthy adjacent teeth to support the bridge. These filed down teeth often fail within just a few years, requiring more and expensive dental work.
· Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants are placed into and fuse with the bone in your jaws. This not only provides stability, but prevents bone loss and atrophy that normally results from missing teeth.
· Dental implants provide a long-term solution to your dental problems, often lasting a lifetime. Traditional bridges usually must be replaced, often within five years.
· With dental implants, you avoid the potential pain and embarrassment of dentures. There is no fear of slipping or falling out, no need to avoid activities, no need to restrict what or how you eat, no wire in your mouth, no plastic on the roof of your mouth. Many people with dental implants say they just live better than they did when they had dentures.
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