A full, radiant smile can light up a room, uplift the moods of the people around you, and help you exude confidence. Missing teeth, on the other hand, can make you uncomfortable and self-conscious, and cause subsequent and costly oral health problems. Today, there are several options for replacing missing teeth, and each has its advantages, but no tooth replacement solution comes close to the life-changing benefits of dental implants. Take a look below at five ways dental implants can change your life.
Dental implants allow you to smile and laugh freely
People who have missing teeth tend to cover their mouths when they smile or laugh, in order to avoid the embarrassment of gaps or denture slippage. Dental implants allow you to smile and laugh freely. Studies show that people who smile often and openly appear more likable and trustworthy, which can increase their social and professional opportunities and significantly affect their quality of life. Additionally, smiling and laughing provide a number of health benefits, including reduced blood pressure, decreased pain, and stress relief.
Dental implants help you speak confidently
Our teeth play a major role in our ability to speak. Many of the sounds and words we form rely on the relationship between tongue and teeth. When the teeth are missing, it becomes difficult to speak clearly. Dentures can help, but denture slippage can cause other speech problems. Dental implants function like natural teeth, so you can speak clearly and confidently.
Dental implants let you eat the foods you love
Depending on how many missing teeth you have, or whether you wear dentures, chances are you have to avoid certain foods. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that allows you to eat the foods you love. Immediately after your implant surgery, you’ll need to take precautions about eating anything that might delay the healing process, but after that, you’ll be able to eat many of the foods you had to avoid with missing teeth or dentures. Dental implants allow you to enjoy delicious food without worry, which is one of the great pleasures in life.
You’ll have a simple oral hygiene routine
Missing teeth can make brushing and flossing more difficult, resulting in a buildup of plaque and an increased risk of tooth decay on your remaining teeth. Dentures and other tooth replacement options require specialized care that can be inconvenient and even embarrassing during special, romantic encounters. Dental implants restore your full smile and require the same dental care as natural teeth, with consistent brushing and flossing. Your dentist may recommend a mouthwash as well, but that’s easy, too.
Dental implants help you maintain your facial structure
Tooth loss doesn’t just affect your appearance or the functionality of your teeth—it also affects the bone beneath. The roots of our teeth support jawbone growth. Without the tooth root, the jawbone weakens, begins to lose density, and deteriorates. This eventually affects the other teeth, causing them to loosen and fall out. As you continue to lose teeth and the jawbone continues to shrink, it changes the structure of your face. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that replaces the whole tooth, from root to crown, preserving your jawbone and supporting your facial structure.
Ready to radiate confidence and light up the room? Get Dental Implants
At San Diego Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, you’re under the care of Dr. Kennie Kwok, who is Board Certified in both periodontology and dental implant surgery. Dr. Kwok has extensive experience performing dental implant surgery and is one of San Diego’s most well-respected and sought-after dental implant surgeons. If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth and restore the radiance of your smile, give us a call at (619) 543-0905 to schedule your dental implant consultation today.