Healthy teeth are essential for a beautiful smile, but not all people are born with a perfect set of teeth. Tooth decay, gum disease, old age and injuries can lead to tooth loss. In this case, it is really important for anyone missing one or more teeth to seek treatment in order to prevent jawbone loss and preserve their facial structure.
Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants make it possible to achieve permanent tooth replacement at any age. Dental implants are small titanium posts, which replace tooth roots in the mouth. They are surgically fixed into the jawbone by implant dentists, such as the ones at Enhancedental in Leeds. They offer an enduring and sturdy solution for those with missing teeth, restoring their biting and chewing abilities once again. Dental implants have many benefits, but some of them may be surprising.
Improved comfort and appearance
Difficulty eating will be alleviated once dental implants are put in place. No matter if you are missing a front tooth or a back tooth, eating certain foods can be a struggle and missing teeth can cause you to develop an unhealthy diet. Bones stay healthy and strong with exercise, and this applies to the jawbones as well. Dental implants help you enjoy various healthy but hard foods, such as fruit and vegetables, which keep teeth and bones strong.
At the same time, because they replace the whole tooth from the root, dental implants also look, feel, and function like real teeth. Modern implant restorations in the form of crowns, bridges or dentures are also made of high-quality materials to ensure comfort and unparalleled aesthetics.
Prevention of bone loss
After losing a tooth, the bone that surrounds and supports it will become diminished and will lead to bone loss. People who are missing teeth and are long-term denture wearers usually develop a sunken appearance around their mouths due to the loss of supporting teeth and facial bone. At the same time, remaining teeth in the mouth can also shift following tooth loss, resulting in jaw pain and bite problems. Fortunately, this type of bone loss is preventable with dental implants, since they fuse with the jawbone and stabilise it. No other tooth replacement method can offer this important health benefit.