Missing teeth can look unsightly, a dental implant can replace teeth and bring back your smile.
Whether you need to replace one tooth or multiple teeth, The team at the Cosmetic Dental Centre can help you fill in the gaps with permanent dental implants. The most obvious problem with missing teeth is the way it looks, causing patients to become self-conscious about their smile. Speech can also be affected, causing further embarrassment and difficulty communicating. But missing teeth affect more than your appearance and self-confidence; they’re also a serious threat to your health.
Why Dental Implants Are Important to Your Health and Well-Being
Dental implants help you maintain the natural shape of your face and smile, preventing the sunken-in look common when multiple teeth are missing. Dental implant surgery has a track record of long-term, reliably positive outcomes. But neglecting to replace missing teeth can have serious consequences.
Missing teeth cause bone loss. The roots of your teeth stimulate the jaw bone. When one or more teeth are missing, the jaw bone begins to deteriorate. Jawbone loss makes talking and chewing even more difficult. Dental implants can stop the deterioration and stabilize bone levels.
When a tooth is missing, healthy teeth shift and loosen. All the teeth in your mouth need one another to maintain correct positioning. A missing tooth causes its neighbors to drift toward the empty space, resulting in misalignment of your bite. Teeth in the lower jaw depend on the upper teeth for proper placement. A missing tooth can cause an opposing tooth to become loose.
Nutrition declines. Missing teeth limit what you can chew and eat, and your whole health suffers.
Dental implants can give you something to smile about, and are the next best alternative to natural, healthy teeth. If you have missing teeth, book a consultation with one of our dentists, and we will assess if you are a good candidate for the treatment.
Should I Get Dental Implants?
People who are good candidates for dental implants are:
Generally Healthy. Patients who are ideal for new dental implants have healthy gums and enough bone density to properly hold the implant. You must also be able to take care of your dental implants, practice good oral hygiene, and have regular dental checkups.
People with uncontrolled diabetes or any autoimmune disorder are not recommended to get dental implants, as these conditions impair your healing ability. If you have gum disease, it must be treated before a dental implant procedure is possible.
Non-Smokers. Smoking has a negative effect on your body’s ability to heal and on your immune system, so smokers must be able to stop smoking during the dental implant process. Smoking increases your risk of infection and implant failure.
Adults. Dental implant surgery can only be done on a fully developed jaw. There is no set minimum age for a dental implant patient, but generally no younger than seventeen. Every person is different. X-rays can determine if the level of bone development is enough to qualify.
Good news for older patients: there is no upper age limit to receive dental implants. Don’t limit your enjoyment of your golden with a partial smile or limited jaw and mouth function. Getting dental implants at an older age is very common, and can drastically improve your quality of life.
How Much do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of dental implants is different for each person. The total cost varies based on the number of appointments, procedures, and the type of implant. The Cosmetic Dentistry Centre can give you a personalised estimate for your dental implants after an initial examination and assessment.
Dental implants aren’t cheap, let’s be honest. However, it’s important to recognise the long-term benefits of implants compared to other treatment options. Dental implants are typically much longer lasting than a bridge or dentures, so even if they cost more initially, they wind up saving money over time. If you’re missing one or more teeth, investing in a dental implant is a wise decision. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth, and can last a lifetime when cared for properly.
Modern dental implants have been in use for over 30 years, and have been proven as a safe and effective method for replacing missing teeth. Dental implant surgery has an extremely high success rate, and if cared for properly dental implants can last a lifetime.