Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that are drilled directly into your jaw. You may be wondering if this procedure is right for you. Dental implants could help you for a variety of reasons.
#1: To Replace Missing Teeth
The most basic reason for the dental implant process is to replace teeth that are missing, for a wide range of reasons. Perhaps you have missing teeth due to a tooth that needed to be pulled. Maybe you have teeth that are missing due to an injury. Or perhaps you have teeth that are missing due to recreational drug use, or due to drug use due to a medical condition, such as chemotherapy. Whatever the reason for your tooth loss, dental implants are often one of the proposed ways to deal with the loss of your teeth.
#2: To Assist with Eating
When you have missing teeth, you can't always just grin and bear it. Having missing teeth can make it harder to chew food. You may not realize it, but all your teeth are important when it comes to the eating process. Many people turn to dentures when they lose teeth; however, dentures don't provide you with the same bite strength. Dental implants provide one with a lot more bite strength then dentures and are an option if eating food has become difficult due to tooth loss and is impacting your ability to stay healthy.
#3: To Strengthen Jawbone Structure
When you lose teeth, your entire mouth is impacted. The loss of teeth directly impacts the overall strength of your jawbone. When you lose teeth, your other teeth can start to drift from where they were originally located. This process usually takes place slowly over time. As one's teeth drift, you can experience loss of structure and strength in the jawbone as well as facial deformities.
#4: To Improve Self-Perception
Some people choose to get dental implants because they want to improve their self-perception and confidence. Not having teeth or natural teeth is often looked down upon in society, and having a mouth full of real looking teeth can help improve your confidence and can help improve your social life.
When it comes to dental implants, you can get them for the most obvious reason, to replace missing teeth. You can also choose to get dental implants for less obvious reasons, such as strengthening your jawbone, increasing your bite strength, or just increasing your self-confidence and self-perception. Whatever your reason, you need to start by talking to your dentist and an oral surgeon to begin the process.