Your teeth are more important than you may think. Teeth are not only important for the enjoyment off food, but also the daily intake of nutrition. This becomes vitally important for your overall health and wellbeing. Teeth deteriorate after many years of use. They get worn down, chipped, and cracked, and eventually they can be lost due to physical injury, periodontal disease, or prolonged tooth decay.
If you have just one missing tooth or several missing teeth, they can be replaced with dental implants. Implant-supported crowns and bridges are permanently fixed in the mouth, unlike removable appliances. Dental implants look and function like natural teeth without needing the support of neighboring teeth, due to the artificial root replacement (the implant). Dental implants stimulate and preserve the jawbone and prevent bone deterioration, which helps to keep both the bone and gum tissue from collapsing. With a traditional bridge, cement may wash out from underneath, exposing the tooth and allowing cavities to form. Dental implants do not get cavities, but do require daily brushing and flossing to maintain healthy gums and keep plaque away from the gum tissue and bone.
Dentures will fit more securely and comfortably with dental implants, as the discomfort of movement is eliminated. Elderly adults are turning toward dental implant-supported dentures for greater comfort and confidence, and to have the ability to eat their favorite food.