Many patients choose dental implants in Palm Beach Gardens to replace missing or severely damaged teeth. Dentists snugly insert these biocompatible, screw-like metal or ceramic posts into the bone to act as tooth roots while supporting a crown, bridge, or denture. Moreover, dental implants offer more benefits than other tooth-replacement options.
Your teeth play a significant role in helping you form certain words. Consequently, missing even a single key tooth at the front of your mouth can impact your ability to pronounce words correctly. Likewise, ill-fitting dentures can alter your speech and cause you to lisp or slur when they slide as you speak.
Alternatively, a dental implant eliminates constant worrying about what your voice will sound like or whether or not your artificial teeth will slip or move around in your mouth. Since they’re permanently anchored, they consistently provide your tongue with a surface to press against as you form words. Since dental implants behave like your natural teeth, they allow you to speak confidently.
Without teeth, chewing food can be a challenge. For this reason, patients with missing teeth miss out on nutritious foods such as vegetables, fruit, nuts, and meats. While some people choose conventional dentures to address this issue, these removable dental appliances won’t fully restore their bite force and chewing power.
Since your dentist securely anchors the implants to your jawbone, they mimic the natural function of teeth. You won’t have to worry about them slipping or falling out while you bite and chew because they don’t just sit on top of your gums. Most patients can’t tell the difference between their natural and implanted teeth.
When a missing tooth leaves a gap, the adjacent teeth shift out of their original positions and move toward the space. Besides affecting your bite, this movement significantly impacts your appearance and ability to chew. Since dental implants behave like natural teeth, they help prevent dental crowding, malocclusion, and problems with your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) by keeping adjacent teeth stable.
While bridgework, dentures, and other similar restorations require replacements after a few years, dental implants won’t need repairs or replacements. With proper oral hygiene care, your implants can last for decades or even a lifetime.
When your dentist places the implants directly into your jaw, the bone grows around the metal post just like it would a natural tooth root. Since an implant acts as your new tooth’s roots, it prevents bone loss by stimulating your body to continue delivering nutrients to your jawbone. No other tooth replacement option prevents jawbone deterioration the way dental implants do.
A complete set of teeth helps support the facial structure. You lose that support when you lose your teeth. As a result, the lower third of your face collapses while the distance between the tip of your nose and chin gradually closes.
Moreover, excess wrinkles will appear around your mouth, your lips will look thinner, and your chin will appear more pointed, making you look much older than your actual age. Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants helps prevent premature aging and facial sagging by providing the same support for your facial structure as your natural teeth.
At Smiles in the Gardens, we offer tooth replacement options to help you regain your functional, healthy, and beautiful smile. Contact us today to make an appointment.