As we grow older more and more distinct lines and wrinkles we develop. Our face changes, slowly we lose facial structure and also our face shortens. This facial shortening is often the result of bone loss, which happens faster in case of teeth loss. One of the primary functions of the jawbone is to support the teeth, and when they fall out, the jawbone begins to slowly deteriorate. Here are some very good reasons for getting dental implants if you are losing your natural teeth.
Implants conserve your jawbone - Human bones require stimulation to maintain their size and density; if you don’t use them, you lose them. Each tooth has a specific job, and the loss of even just one, can seriously impair your bite and chewing capacity. When a tooth is lost or removed, the underlying bone is no longer stimulated by the pressure from chewing, which is crucial for keeping your mouth healthy and the bone strong. A dental implant provides this stimulation, and helps to maintain the bone’s integrity, because it works like a real tooth. If you choose to place a fixed bridge instead of getting a dental implant, your jawbone will eventually begin to deteriorate underneath the missing tooth. This occurs because you don't receive adequate stimulation to the bone without a tooth root. The same occurs with dentures that are not implant-supported. The sooner you get a dental implant after losing a tooth, the more likely the bone will remain intact. The longer you wait to get dental implants, the more likely it is that your jawbone may lack the integrity to get implants in the future without a dental bone graft.
Implants preserve your appearance and help you look younger - When we are young, everything is in place, and that’s why we look so good. Our teeth and jawbone support our facial features. But when we lose a tooth, our face begins to transform because things are shifting under our skin. When your jawbone begins to deteriorate because of missing teeth, it often causes your face to appear sunken in. This can make you look years older than you are. This is why people with dentures often complain of having thin lips and sunken cheeks. Dental implants provide the stimulation your body needs to produce dense, healthy jawbone material and keep your face looking young.
Dental implants improve your self-esteem - Implants are like having natural teeth so no one else will know that you have implants. You don’t have to worry about the embarrassment of taking out dentures or the slippage of regular dentures or the appearance of a bridge. Many people complain of a wide variety of complications with their dentures. Poor fit, sores in their mouths, sunken lips, and food restrictions. With dental implants your mouth looks natural and normal. They’ll last a lifetime if you take good care of them. When you are able to smile and laugh without reservations, and eat anything you like, your well-being and self-image improve dramatically.
Dental implants help you speak better - Removable partials and/or full dentures frequently come loose and often cause embarrassment as well as some difficulty when speaking. Dental implants however are like real teeth, and you can speak better and feel free of all these inconveniences.
Dental implants improve your smile - A smile is worth a thousand words… but when your teeth are not healthy or bad looking, it can really affect your self-image. Dental implants can replace any missing tooth, helping preserve the bone that is needed to support full and beautiful lips. In fact, one of the most important uses of implants is to prevent bone loss in the front of your mouth. And that provides you with a beautiful smile.
Dental implants help maintain the tone and size of facial muscles – When we stop using and exercising a muscle, it gets smaller. There are many muscles underneath the skin of our face. If we because of the loss of teeth stop using these muscles, these get smaller and change our facial appearance. With implants, we start using the muscles again and they get stronger.
Dental implants last much longer - Around 90% of normal dental implants are 100% successful, lasting at least twenty years or more.