My teeth were starting to deteriorate, and I was running out of options to repair them. The dentist gave me a choice. I could wait until the bone loss was so bad that I would have to have my teeth removed and get dentures, or I could have them removed now and get dental implants. I opted for the implants. If you’re thinking of getting dental implants, you probably have a lot of questions. I love mine, but they took some getting used to. In this blog, I’m sharing my experience and all the information that I picked up throughout my implant experience. You can find out what the procedure entails, how to prepare for your implants, and how to care for them once they’re in.
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Generally people lose their teeth to either disease or trauma. Trauma could be excessive biting forces or an accident, and disease is usually periodontal disease or tooth decay.
The loss of a single front tooth is often caused by trauma, and today one is fortunate to have experienced cosmetic dentists who can remove any remaining root and insert a dental implant with a new tooth attached in just an hour or two.
The loss of a single tooth at the back of the mouth is usually caused by periodontal disease or tooth decay. This can be treated similar to the front tooth, but for varying reasons the back tooth can often be more time consuming.
A single missing tooth is often followed by multiple missing teeth. Whenever you lose a tooth and it's not replaced, it hastens the process of losing further teeth. With the loss of more teeth, all the issues associated with one missing tooth become exaggerated. But there are other health worries as well, and these include –
1. Vertical Dimension Collapse:
As you lose multiple back teeth, the mouth loses their support. This results in thinning of the lips and deep folds occurring at the mouth corners – thus aging a person by between 10 and 20 years.
2. Facial Structure Collapse:
Facial support of the cheeks is lost as you lose multiple back teeth, creating a sunken appearance: again the result is premature aging.
3. Loss of Bone:
The bones of both lower and upper jaws have only one purpose, and that is to support the roots of your teeth. With loss of the roots, the bone melts away the same way an unused muscle would. The result is loss of facial support, and artificial prosthetics like dentures are not then viable. Dental implants also become quite challenging.
4. Difficulty in Chewing Food:
A healthy mouth is required to assimilate and digest foods.
5. Inability to Consume a Healthy Diet:
The more teeth you lose, the more difficult it becomes to eat healthy foods; like nuts, apples, meat, and raw vegetables.
6. Personal Embarrassment:
There's a terrible social stigma attached to missing teeth. Most people do everything they can to hide their smile, or even stop smiling altogether.
The results from dental implants are natural looking teeth that function just like your natural teeth. For patients with single missing teeth they provide an exact oral replacement solution that helps prevent any future problems. For those with multiple missing teeth, dental implants give them back their beautiful smile, not to mention their self-esteem and confidence. (For more information, contact South Florida Dental Arts)Share