It’s always a daunting situation when a tooth falls out. That sudden feeling of dread as you realise one of your teeth has left your mouth is enough to leave anyone wanting to crawl under a rock and hide.
But thankfully, we’ve had a lot of evolution in the field of dentistry, and we have many ways to bring your smile back to normal in a heartbeat. And in our opinion, the best choice you could make is to get dental implants. Let’s explore!
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are veneers (usually made of porcelain) that are attached to your jawbone via a titanium screw. The titanium screws are implanted into the jawbone under a short surgical procedure, which thanks to the miracles of modern science, is virtually painless and easy to achieve.
What are tooth replacement alternatives?
It would be unfair to sing the praises of dental implants without letting you know about other tooth replacement options. We’re not scared of the competition, but we’ll let you make your mind up.
The two main alternatives of dental implants are dental bridges and dentures.
Dentures are a removable structure you insert in your mouth that “fills in” your toothless gap(s) with fake teeth. They are fixed in with a special solution and taken out at least once a day, as needed. They require a lot of maintenance and can make everyday tasks like eating and talking more difficult, but they are the cheapest solution.
Dental bridges are veneers that are attached to the teeth on either side of the gap. They are a more permanent solution than dentures, lasting an average of five to seven years before needing replacement. This solution is often the go-to for NHS dentistry, as it’s cheaper than implants.
With both dentures and dental bridges, as neither is attached to the gums, there is a higher possibility of bacteria getting trapped and causing accelerated periodontitis (gum disease).
Six reasons dental implants are the best tooth replacement solution
Blends in with your natural teeth
Nobody wants fake teeth that look overtly fake. For some people, it can push their insecurity from one extreme (missing a tooth) to the other (having a tooth that is obviously out of place).
Your orthodontist will work with your natural tooth colour and shape to create a custom-made veneer that fits seamlessly in with the rest of your teeth.
Easy to look after
You don’t want to have to take a million extra steps to look after your new teeth. And with dental implants, you don’t have to.
Unlike dentures that need daily cleaning, and dental bridges where you need to take extra care to make sure bacteria doesn’t build up in micro gaps, dental implants act exactly like your normal teeth.
This means that you only need to brush them 2-3 times a day, and floss. But you were doing that already, right?
Lasts the distance
Dental implants are a significant investment, and as such, you want a result you can rely on.
The average dental implant lasts between 20-30 years. However, by taking care of them, just as you would the rest of your teeth, it’s pretty common for dental implants to last a lifetime.
Which means a one-off procedure to fix your tooth. Perfect for the people who don’t enjoy a trip to the dentist’s office.
Teeth that don’t corrode
Fizzy drinks, fruit juice, and sugar all help contribute to those nasty cavities that leave us needing fillings every so often. And after going through a dental implant procedure, you don’t want to receive a new tooth that may still need fillings.
Porcelain veneers are made extremely robustly, and that means it’s incredibly unlikely they will chip or wear down.
So, while you should still consume juices and sugar moderately (after all, your dental implant isn’t a superhero that can protect the rest of your natural teeth), you can feel reassured in the fact that you’re unlikely to need your implant fixed.
Eating out without doubts
Losing teeth can impact your eating and speech. Your mouth may be more sensitive leaving you no choice but to modify your food choices.
As we mentioned earlier, other dental replacement options can impact your ability to eat certain foods. This can be particularly distressing when you want to go out for a lovely meal with friends or family.
As dental implants are rooted in the jawbone, they don’t move around. This makes chewing as normal as a regular tooth. So you can choose the chewiest steak, or the crunchiest bread rolls without worrying about your tooth moving around, unable to cope, or falling out!
They’re more affordable than you think
Dental implants are the most expensive option available for tooth replacement. Which would lead you to believe that as the average person on a modest income, they’re nothing more than a dream.
Dentists understand this and they want you to be able to access this brilliant solution. To do so, most dentist offices offer payment plans to make getting dental implants more affordable.
So, with prices starting from just a few pounds a day, we’re willing to bet you’d rather put that money towards a lovely dental implant than a daily drink from the coffee shop!
When you need a tooth replaced, you can’t go wrong with dental implants. The benefits far outweigh any other option on the market.
Smile Stories Dental Implants in Bournemouth specialise in providing dental solutions in a friendly environment. They treat clients like friends, and wholly reject the old school dentist vibes that have given dentistry a bad reputation and send fear into the eyes of many.