Living with tooth loss can be one of the hardest things for many people. Not only does a missing tooth affect the appearance of your smile, but it also impacts your ability to interact with others, eat food, and your overall oral health as well. When a tooth is lost and not replaced, problems will begin to develop over time that need to be addressed, otherwise the mouth will likely continually go into decline. Dental implants are the leading solution for those affected by tooth loss, offering a virtually 100% restoration to everyday use and function. Dental implants can benefit patients in many ways, drastically improving their quality of life.
Quality of Life Enhancements Dental Implants Provide
- Smile with Confidence
One of the leading reasons people choose dental implants is to boost their self-esteem again. When you have a gap in your smile, many people find they feel less confident as they are always hiding their teeth and smiling with their lips closed. Filling this gap with a tooth replacement that looks almost indistinguishable from natural teeth allows patients to enjoy smiling again with friends and family.
- Eat the Foods You Love
It might not be immediately apparent, but tooth loss restricts the ability to eat certain foods. With a missing tooth, your bite and chewing ability is significantly weaker, meaning tough and chewy foods become more and more of a hassle to eat. Eventually, surrounding teeth may begin to become loose, further limiting the food you can eat. Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant allows patients to eat their favorite foods again, and virtually all foods, without concern about bite strength. Implants are designed to be as close to real teeth as possible.
- Improve Your Speech
Those missing one or more teeth may find that they are now speaking with a lisp. As your tongue is no longer blocked by the teeth that are missing, your speech pattern and voice may change. And those who live with dentures likely understand that the bulky plastic in their mouth restricts their tongue movement as well. With dental implants or full mouth dental implants, missing teeth are replaced with a lifelike prosthesis. This will allow your speech to return to normal and not fill your mouth and palate with bulky plastics.
- Restored Systemic Health
The mouth is often considered to be the gateway to the body. Without a healthy and complete mouth, other areas of the body begin to see change. For example, when you are limited on your diet, you may not be getting all the proper nutrients you need. Additionally, long-term tooth loss often leads to jaw bone deterioration and further loose or missing teeth. Replacing lost teeth as soon as possible with a dental implant will preserve the oral health of your mouth and keep your entire body in a more healthy state.
Restore Your Smile Now
Whatever your reason for dental implants may be, scheduling a consultation no is always the best first step! We invite you to meet our experienced and friendly doctor, Dr. Nick Brand, in our office in Ocala, FL!