Tooth loss is a common issue that can be caused by trauma, clenching and grinding, and periodontal disease. While preventative care by your dentist is always preferable to tooth loss, there are some solutions to dealing with missing teeth. Partial or complete dentures are one option, but many people prefer dental implants instead. Here’s a look at some of the reasons why dental implants are so popular:
Permanent Tooth Replacement
Unlike dentures, dental implants offer a lasting solution to tooth loss. You do not need to remove them to clean them every day—instead you can brush them just like your natural teeth. Implants are surgically placed into your jaw bone. These artificial teeth are quite durable and stable. By taking good care of them, you can ensure the implants will last for your lifetime.
Restoration of Confidence
It can be socially awkward to smile with missing teeth or dentures. If you’re embarrassed by your teeth, you’ll love the natural look and feel of dental implants. Many people prefer dental implants because they are a great confidence-booster.
Support of Dental Structures
Artificial teeth are used for more than just cosmetic reasons. Having missing teeth can encourage the other teeth to shift out of place, which may cause bite problems or even jaw pain. Dental implants resolve this issue, and can also support other dental fixtures, such as a bridge. If you choose to have partial dentures, you’ll find that having one or more dental implants will help make your dentures more comfortable and stable.
Restoring Natural Function
Having missing teeth can interfere with your ability to chew food properly and speak clearly. While dentures can sometimes slip and cause problems with chewing and speaking, artificial teeth will remain in place, allowing you to speak and eat with ease.
The expert cosmetic dentists of the Smile Design Center in Baltimore are dedicated to helping every patient achieve a great smile. If you have any questions about dental implants, please give us a call at (443) 275-9821. You could also visit our website to view our line of services.