9th March 2015
How Dental Implants can Improve your Quality of Life
Here at Blossom Dental Care & Implant Studio in York, dental implants are an important part of our offering, not least because we see how life-changing they can be for our patients.
Dental implants are the ideal solution for anyone who has a missing tooth or has lost multiple teeth. They can also be used to provide a secure anchor for dental bridges or dentures without needing to cause any damage to the surrounding healthy teeth.
But how is it that dental implants can improve your quality of life?
Dental implants restore your mouth’s function
When you lose one or more teeth, it can change the function and efficiency of your bite and ability to chew. It can also affect your speech. One of the worst side effects of tooth loose is bone loss, which occurs when there is no longer a tooth and root to stimulate the bone growth and maintain its density.
Having a dental implant placed in your jaw bone will stimulate bone growth, which in turn will help you keep your correct facial structure and restore the function of your mouth. This means you should be able to bite and chew correctly.
You no longer have to worry about moving dentures
Many patients come to us because they are unhappy about wearing dentures. Even the highest quality dentures can become loose-fitting over time, usually as a result of the bone loss we discussed above. This means you may need to change your dentures fairly regularly to avoid problems with fit and comfort.
Wearing dentures can deliver a massive blow to your self-confidence. We’ve had patients here at our York dental implant studio who have lost their teeth in accidents, for example, and are devastated about wearing dentures at a relatively young age. Even older people no longer need to resign themselves to ill-fitting dentures, thanks to dental implants.
We are now able to create implant-retained dentures that fit in one fixed position throughout the day. This gives denture wearers the confidence to eat, drink, laugh and smile without worrying that their dentures are suddenly going to ‘gap’ or even come loose.
Dental implants reduce the wear and tear on teeth near the gaps
One of the disadvantages of having a dental bridge is that we have to damage the healthy teeth on either side of the gap in order to have a strong enough anchor for the restoration. Because dental implants sit in the space left by a missing tooth, there’s no need to damage the neighbouring teeth. Also, by filling the gap left by missing teeth, the healthy teeth nearby are subjected to less wear and tear, protecting their health for longer.
Dental implants look natural
If you have a missing tooth or teeth, then you’ll understand how badly a gappy smile can impact on your confidence. It’s usually very difficult to tell when someone has dental implants as they look natural and can be perfectly matched to your surrounding teeth. Being able to smile with confidence makes a huge difference to someone’s quality of life and the more you smile, the more people are likely to smile back.
Dental implants are the most cost-effective, long lasting solution available
Although dental implants may initially sound like the more costly option for restoring a missing tooth or teeth, they are often actually the most cost effective solution to tooth loss. This is because a dental implant has the potential to last a lifetime if you look after it properly. There’s no need for new bridges, new dentures or ongoing treatment. Once a dental implant is in place, you can relax, smile and get on with enjoying your newfound quality of life.