But the consequences of tooth loss doesn’t stop there. Eating, speaking and confidence are all things that can become affected by losing even just a single tooth. Meanwhile, multiple missing teeth and sustained denture-wearing can worsen the loss of these functions, affect your happiness, and cause you to fall out of love with your smile altogether.
Conventional dentures are a means of replacing missing teeth. However, in the long-term there can be disadvantages that begin to take their toll day-to-day. Dentures limit the types of foods you can eat, which not only affects your wellbeing levels because you can’t eat the foods you enjoy, but also limits vitamin and nutritional intake. Foods like chewy meats such as steak and chops, sticky confectionary, salad leaves and lettuce and nuts and seeds are all a no-go for denture-wearers, jeopardising stability and becoming easily stuck within the teeth. What’s more, the denture base can impede on your ability to make full use of your taste buds, diluting the taste of certain foods.
Loose dentures can also present problems with speaking in front of others and leave you feeling worried about kissing. Many people become anxious that their dentures might make some untimely movements whilst they’re locking lips with a loved one – this is a perfectly rational worry to have. Perhaps you’ve found yourself turning to dental fixatives to hold your dentures in place and you’ve become tired of the unpredictability that can accompany wearing them? This is where dental implants come in.
Dental implants are pretty remarkable, lasting a lifetime, provided patients brush and floss every day and attend routine check-ups – they can be cared for like a natural tooth. An implant acts as a replacement tooth root and is surgically inserted into your jawbone, then left to fuse with it over a period of around 4-6 months. During this time, bone grows around the implant, accepting it as if it were a new and natural part of the body. It’s thanks to this process that the implant offers stability, allowing you the freedom to eat the foods you love and speak with clarity again. Replacing a single missing tooth with a dental implant as soon as possible is also a huge investment into the health of your smile. In covering the vacant area of gum, you’re protected against an increased risk of problems occurring with your remaining teeth.
The world of dentistry is constantly evolving, and one of the most exciting advancements to come about in recent years is the concept of replacing a whole set of teeth, in just a single appointment. Thanks to All-on-4 dental implant treatment, it’s possible to secure a whole set of teeth using only 4 implants, the same day! All-on-4 dental implants treatment offers a great level of stability as it’s a completely fixed solution that secures a bridge, allowing you to smile and eat without the worry of your teeth coming loose.
It’s never been easier to replace a missing gaps or gaps in your smile. Thanks to dental implants, patients have a fixed and permanent option, allowing them to eat, speak and smile with confidence again, and without the pitfalls that can accompany denture-wearing.
Contact us today for a dental implant consultation – it truly is a life-changing treatment.
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