Smiles are meant to be a simple, positive thing. You smile when something makes you happy. Then, the act of smiling makes you feel even better.
But what do you do when you don't like your smile? You hide it, self-consciously, depriving yourself of this happiness. If smiling makes you feel bad instead of good, you may never feel happy again.
Fortunately, dental implants can help. They can fix your smile and restore your confidence. They benefit your physical health in many ways, also.
In this guide, we go into detail about many such benefits of dental implants. Read on to learn more about what dental implants can do for you.
1. Restore Your Smile
If you don't like the look of your smile, you don't have to be stuck with it. Dental implants restore the look of your smile by replacing missing or damaged teeth. Whether you lost certain adult teeth or you were simply born without them, implants will fill the gaps in your smile.
2. Restore Your Confidence
Furthermore, the benefits of dental implants go beyond cosmetic improvement. They improve your emotional state as well.
Did you know that a smile isn't just a reaction to something that makes you happy? On the contrary, it works the other way around, too. That is, science has proven that cracking a smile triggers positive feelings in your brain and body.
If you're feeling down, smiling can cheer you up. And it disintegrates stress. The more you smile, the better you feel.
For some people, that's the problem. When you have missing or chipped teeth, you may feel self-conscious about your smile. The very thing that's supposed to cheer you up stresses you out even more. Then, you're reluctant to smile, which keeps you stressed.
Dental implants give you a smile you're comfortable with so you can start smiling and feeling good again.
3. They Look Authentic
That last point is moot if the implants look awkward or fake. Fortunately, they don't. They're made to match the other teeth in your smile exactly. Specifically, the material they're made of looks no different than a real tooth. And they're color-matched so they won't look out-of-place next to your other, natural teeth.
Plus, they're attached directly to your jaw like all your other teeth. So, there's nothing holding them in place that can be seen from the outside. The implant post and the abutment that the synthetic tooth is attached to are concealed by your gums.
4. They Restore Your Speech
When you lose or chip a tooth, it changes the way you talk, too. Dental implants restore your teeth to the way they were before. Therefore, they make your speech sound the way it did before also.
5. They Work as Well as Natural Teeth
Again, implants aren't just a cosmetic solution. They're designed to replace both the appearance and the function of real teeth.
Anything your natural teeth can do, implants do just as well. They're hard enough that they won't crack any easier than natural teeth would. And they're permanently fused to your jawbone as your real teeth are.
6. Dental Implants Are Permanent
As we just mentioned, dental implants are a permanent addition to your jawbone. However, this fusion process does take some time. The implant site must heal completely and the implant post must finish fusing with your jawbone for the installation to become permanent.
If you don't take proper care during this period, it's possible that the implant will fail. But, once the fusion is successful, you'll never need to repair or replace them under normal circumstances.
That's not true for most tooth repair/replacement options. Thus, dental implants are very cost-effective by comparison.
7. They're Low Maintenance
It's true that you must carefully follow the instructions of your dentist for many months after the procedure. During the healing/fusion period, the implants can come loose much more easily.
But, once they're fully healed and secure, you, simply brush and floss them as you do with all your other teeth. And, unlike your natural teeth, your implants will never get cavities.
Alternative procedures require a lot more maintenance than this—special, added steps to your daily oral care routine.
8. They Realign Your Bite
Another benefit of dental implants is that they prevent numerous oral health/jaw problems. For example, missing or damaged teeth change the way your teeth fit together. This can misalign your jaw and cause teeth grinding, jaw pain, TMJ, and other problems.
Also, missing/damaged teeth can make it difficult to chew. And some dental solutions don't fix this problem; they can only handle gentle chewing.
Dental implants solve/prevent all of these problems.
9. Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss
Lastly, after a long time, the space left by your missing teeth will cause bone loss. You see, when you use your teeth, it stimulates the growth of the bone underneath the teeth.
When a tooth is missing, there's nothing to stimulate bone growth. Thus, the lack of stimulation causes the bone to slowly erode away. This accelerates the aging of your facial appearance. Specifically, your chin sinks in and your face appears to shrivel up.
But, when dental implants are installed, you use them in place of the missing teeth. Thus, your jawbone gets the stimulation it needs to minimize bone loss.
Experience These Benefits of Dental Implants For Yourself
Now that you've read about the benefits of dental implants, it's time to take the next step.
Discover firsthand what dental implants can do for you. Contact Upland Dental now to set up your consultation.
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