What happens when you lose your teeth? First off, you have gaps in your mouth that look unsightly. Second, you can’t chew the right way. Third, missing teeth can cause deterioration in your jawbone that can even damage your remaining teeth. So, what are you going to do?
In the past, your only solution was dentures. Today, most dentists recommend implants, because they offer a better appearance, they are more comfortable, and they work better.
So, what are dental implants? You might think that they are fake teeth that are installed in your jaw – that is what most people believe. But actually, the implant is a titanium screw that is surgically implanted in your jawbone, and used to support a crown. Implants look and work just like natural teeth, and in fact, if you don’t want to tell anyone that you have implants, they will never know the difference.
When you have dental implants, you will never have to worry about slipping or sliding the way you would with dentures. Implants work just the same way as the teeth you were born with, so you can enjoy all the foods you love, and you will never have to worry about tooth decay.
Now, having said that, you still have to take care of your implants. You will still have to brush and floss, and see your dentist regularly for checkups. This is because even though your implants are impervious to decay, you still have to think about the underlying structure. If you should develop gum disease, for instance, your implants could loosen. And the last thing you want is to invest all that money in a beautiful set of implants only to have them fail because of bad oral hygiene.
Properly cared for, your implants will probably last you the rest of your life.