Dental implants are widely considered to be the ultimate form of tooth replacement, replacing your tooth’s root and offering the best aesthetic and functional result. Read on to find out about the additional reasons that make dental implants the number one choice when replacing a missing tooth.
They become a natural part of you
Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone under local anaesthetic, alongside sedation if you are particularly phobic about such procedures; here at Keppel Dentistry we are very sympathetic to nervous patients and will do everything we can to make you feel at ease. Once the implant has been inserted, there will generally be a period of 3-4 months before the next part of treatment, allowing for the implant to fuse with your jawbone. Once this has occurred, the restoration (tooth-like part) can be fitted over the top to offer function and aesthetics.
The ‘one size fits all’ philosophy has no place here at Keppel Dentistry; your implants will be created to be an exact fit amongst your existing teeth. This is achieved by taking highly accurate 3D images and impressions of your teeth. Furthermore, when it comes to the shade of your restoration, we will take factors such as your skin, hair, and eye colour into account, in order to achieve the most natural-looking result.
They can be maintained in the same way as a real tooth
Unlike dentures, which need to be removed when you come to clean them, dental implants mimic real teeth and can therefore be looked after in the same way. This simply means brushing twice a day for 2 minutes each time and flossing regularly to remove any lingering bacteria from the gumline area. By adopting a healthy brushing and flossing routine, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
Preserve your jawbone and restore your facial aesthetic
One of the primary advantages of dental implants over dentures is that they prevent jawbone loss. As the implant mimics a real tooth, your jawbone will receive the stimulation it needs and react by regenerating itself. In contrast, the pressure of a denture on the jaw bone results in the bone shrinking, which in turn causes your facial features to change. Over time, you may develop sunken lips, cheeks and a collapsed bite, which may result in you appearing older than your years. Dental implants are the only way to restore these aesthetic changes and in turn, your confidence.
Restore your confidence and desire to smile
A missing tooth can seriously impact upon your confidence and desire to smile, especially if the missing tooth would usually form part of the ‘social six’; these are the teeth visible when you smile. The process of smiling releases endorphins – feel-good chemicals that act as a natural anti-depressant – so a reluctance to smile can affect your emotional wellbeing over time.
If you would like more information about dental implants at Keppel Dentistry, please do not hesitate to contact us.