A loss of multiple teeth can have multiple negative effects on your quality of life. If you are lacking a large number of teeth, it can cause a loss of bone density in your jawbone and misformed facial structure. Having an incomplete smile can also hurt your confidence and social interactions.
If you are missing multiple teeth, then you may be a good candidate for dental implants. Dental implants involve the installation of titanium posts into your jawbone. These posts are then fitted with false teeth that look and function like your natural teeth. Here at Bruce Gopin, DDS, MS, we offer multiple restorative dental services to replace missing or damaged teeth, including dental implants.
When Are Dental Implants Needed?
Dental implants are needed when a person has lost multiple teeth due to trauma or decay. One or two missing teeth can often be replaced with other options, such as a dental bridge. However, dental implants are an effective way of providing you with a whole new smile.
Dental implants provide many benefits. If you are missing multiple teeth, simple tasks like chewing can be extremely difficult. You may have even been avoiding foods you love for years due to difficulties chewing or dental pain. Dental implants function much like natural teeth and will allow you to enjoy food again.
Dental implants are also needed to restore your normal speech patterns. Substantial tooth loss can cause speech abnormalities such as a lisp. Dental implants can eliminate these confidence-killing speech difficulties and improve your ability to clearly communicate.
Dental implants will also stop the loss of bone density that occurs when you are missing multiple teeth. They will also preserve the natural shape and structure of your face. Both bone density loss and a less-pronounced facial structure occur when you go for a prolonged period of time without teeth.
How Are Dental Implants Better Than Other Options?
Another commonly used replacement for an entire set of teeth is dentures. Dentures have been utilized for a long time and are less invasive than dental implants. However, dentures do not function nearly as well as dental implants and have to be held in place with glues or other tedious means. They can also cause damage to your gums because of the way that they fit over them.
In addition, dental implants last substantially longer than dentures. The titanium posts used for dental implants will last a lifetime. According to WebMD, the false teeth used for dental implants will last approximately ten years and can last up to twenty years. Good oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings are needed to maximize the life of your dental implants.
In some cases, our team will need to complete a bone graft before you can receive your dental implants. A bone graft involves grafting bone fragments to your jawbone so that it is strong enough to receive dental implants.
Are you tired of dealing with a painful, incomplete smile? Are missing or damaged teeth affecting your confidence and quality of life? If so, then our team at Bruce Gopin, DDS, MS can review the many benefits of dental implants with you and answer any questions you may have. You can schedule your appointment by calling our team at 915-213-3455.