Despite your most ardent wishes, sometimes in life you just end up losing some teeth. You may slip and fall, you might be in an accident or you might develop serious gum disease. Whatever the reason, once the teeth come out you’re going to want to replace them as quickly as possible.
Whether it’s one tooth or a whole row, many people choose dental implants to replace missing teeth for several different reasons.
One of the main reasons people like dental implants is because they are a permanent solution to the tooth loss problem. The roots are surgically implanted right into your jaw, so once they’re in they are in to stay. You can screw the artificial tooth into the root or take it out, but the root is in there to stay.
If you choose dentures as a solution, you must take the whole plate out for cleaning. There’s also the possibility that the whole thing might come out of your mouth with a sneeze or while coughing or eating. A permanent tooth or teeth is going to feel more like your original teeth, which is what everyone’s end goal with artificial teeth.
Easier to Chew
The fact that they are implanted right into your jaw like natural teeth also means that chewing food will seem more natural and easy. There’s little doubt that losing teeth with impair your chewing ability to some degree, so replacing those teeth will likely help you chew like you used to.
Proper chewing also stimulates your salivary glands and works your gums. Sometimes with dentures, the plate that contains the teeth sits over top of your palate, which gets in the way of your ability to taste food.
Natural Look & Feel
The look and feel of natural teeth are another reason that a lot of people prefer dental implants. With an option like dentures, the entire plate is positioned over the gums, and it’s usually pretty obvious that it is in there. It can also be pretty uncomfortable for the person who is wearing them, as the teeth don’t look at all similar to the old ones.
Even though replacing missing teeth is supposed to fix self-esteem issues, sometimes ill-fitting dentures can actually make them worse. No one wants gaps in their smile, but they also don’t want teeth that look far too big for their mouths.
That’s why a permanent, natural-looking dental implant is the preferred choice by so many people who are missing teeth.