Having missing teeth can affect more than just your appearance. Many people experience discomfort or inconvenience with having a gap in their teeth when they are eating or speaking. Even if this isn’t the case for you, tooth loss – of even just one tooth – can lead to bone loss as well as other oral health issues. Additionally, most people feel self-conscious about their appearance when teeth have been lost, even if the gap is not in a highly visible area. Dentures and bridges have been tooth replacement options for a long time, but another solution that is available at Green Plaza Dental in Calgary, AB is dental implants.
Dental implants are extremely safe and effective, with a success rate of higher than 95%. While dentures and bridges can restore the functionality of the teeth somewhat, they only sit on top of the gumline. Dental implants can mimic the natural function of the lost tooth roots, improving the stability and longevity of the restoration.
The restoration that is fixed onto a dental implant will be made to look like your natural teeth, which can sometimes create a smile that is even more attractive than the original. Because the implants are fused directly into the jawbone, you will be able to use them just like the natural teeth; dentures and bridges can shift in place, which can inhibit what foods you can enjoy.
Other tooth restoration options like removable dentures can only restore about 30% of your chewing abilities, which means that you may still have to abstain from some of your favorite foods. With dental implants, you can expect 70% or more of your natural chewing abilities to be restored, allowing you to eat properly again.
Because of their placement in the jawbone, dental implants preserve and stimulate the bone, preventing bone loss. The dental implant itself does not replace the teeth, but the tooth roots. Preventing bone loss helps to preserve the facial shape, avoiding premature aging.
To learn more about dental implants, and determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure, make an appointment for a consultation at Green Plaza Dental in Calgary. AB.