Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace the root of a missing tooth and are bonded to the jaw to secure a replacement tooth. Implants can be used to replace one or many missing teeth or to make a denture more stable. They are a permanent solution and they look and feel like natural teeth.
If you are interested in finding out if implants are right for you, read ahead to find out everything you need to know about dental implants:
Are there any limitations of dental implants?
If you are a heavy smoker you may not be suitable for dental implants. This is due to the impairment of blood flow to the mouth and gums caused by smoking. This lack of blood flow can prevent full healing from taking place.
If you have severe gum disease you may not be eligible for dental implants as well. It’s best to check with your dentist. As you can see age itself isn’t a restriction on dental implants but lifestyle can impact your dental options.
What are the benefits of dental implants for mature patients?
Jaw bone strength
Having a missing tooth can impact the health and strength of the jawbone. If the jaw has nothing to support it can weaken and cause other issues. Dental implants can prevent this issue and support your overall jaw strength. Your teeth can also start to move as a result of your missing tooth which can cause other issues. The gaps in the tooth can also cause greater food build-up which can cause further bacteria to grow and cause cavities.
Food choices are varied
When you are missing a tooth or teeth this can mean that you cannot consume some foods that are harder to chew. When you have dental implant treatment this is no longer the case and you can consume most foods with the exception of hard candies. This also means you can consume the required amount of nutrients per day, which isn’t always an option when you have missing teeth. Many soft foods aren’t nutritionally complete and can lead to the patient being nutritionally deprived.
Quality of life
It is hard to overstate the impact of our teeth on our mental health and confidence. When we have missing teeth we alter our smiles and speech patterns to cover up the look of a missing tooth. Undergoing dental implant treatment can dramatically improve your smile and your self-confidence. You can smile from ear to ear in all your upcoming photos knowing your dental woes are behind you and you have a full set of teeth.
It is worth inquiring about dental implant treatment regardless of your age. No one can put a price on having many food options, jaw health, nutritional health, self-confidence, and quality of life.
Contact Your Trusted Adelaide Dentist Today
Here at Burnside Dental, we are committed to giving you the smile you’ve always dreamed of! For more information on dental implants or any of our other procedures, call (08) 8364 2557 or book online. Enquire about our flexible payment options.