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Many of us often feel let down by the way that our smiles look. The shade, straightness and symmetry of a smile is one of the most impactful and valuable assets that a person can possess. Our smiles are essential in almost every social situation, and the way that our teeth look plays a crucial role in whether or not our smiles have the desired effect, and whether or not our smiles are reflected in the faces of others. Those who are visibly missing a tooth often find smiling, particularly within social situations, to be more difficult and sometimes embarrassing. This can, in turn, lead to their feelings of self-esteem suffering and inner confidence diminishing. Those who feel that having a missing tooth – visible or not – is impeding on the way that they either look or feel, ought to visit their local cosmetic dentists and speak to them about dental implants. This would be a good way to review their options and get ahead with achieving a new, fuller smile, in order to open up countless new doors of possibility for their future.
Why seek out dental implants?
The most common reason for patients opting for dental implant treatment, is the impact that having a visibly missing tooth is having ontheir outward appearance and their self-esteem. However, there are also several other reasons as to why a person may wish to undergo dental implant treatments. If a person has lost a tooth, but has not replaced it for a prolonged period of time, then it can affect the structure of their surrounding teeth as they shift to make up the extra space. This can lead to bacteria and food particles becoming lodged within these new spaces. If this bacteria is not removed during brushing, then it will become plaque or tartar. The plaque, if left for long enough, can lead to the development of gingivitis, which is typically an indicator of onset periodontal disease (or gum disease). This is why, if a tooth is lost or damaged beyond repair, the best form of treatment would probably be dental implants, as they can permanently and comfortably restore a lost tooth.
How do implants work?
The fundamentals of how a dental implant works is practically the same as how a natural tooth works. This is because both operate through the use of a root, only in the case of dental implants, the root is made of a specialised dental, titanium alloy metal. This tooth root is inserted within the patient’s jawbone, and – given a short period of time – will bond itself to the surrounding bone tissue until the two are completely merged together. After this has happened, a replica tooth can be screwed into place in such a way that it will never shift. Dental implants are mostly considered to be the most comfortable and durable method of restoring a smile, and are specifically made to blend in seamlessly with the person’s surrounding teeth, so they are completely indistinguishable from those original ones that remain. By restoring a lost tooth with dental implants, patients have the ability to brighten up their lives and their self-esteem whilst affording them all the opportunities the world has to offer.
All dental treatments carry potential risks. Contact your local dental team for more information about the procedures mentioned in this article.