Did you know that smiling and laughing reduces stress? Each smile helps our faces to relax and calms our nervous system. If you are without a confident smile, you’re less likely to use it! Most of the time a reluctant smile comes from having imperfect teeth.
Our teeth really take a beating. From the moment we get our permanent teeth – they never stop their work of biting, chewing and grinding our food. Some teeth may perform well but don’t look the way we would like them to. You may be missing teeth, have broken down teeth - or some may be in poor repair due to decay. Some teeth fall short in their looks as well as their performance.
If you have a missing tooth or teeth, have one or more diseased teeth – or severely misshapen teeth, your dentist may advise that you have them replaced with implants. Dental implants can fix problems with the look of your teeth as well as getting them back to functioning the way they should.
When you have an implant – your dentist will insert a metal post (often titanium) into your jawbone. Once this is accomplished, a perfectly formed prosthetic tooth will be permanently attached. With an implant, there is no need to attach the implant to any of your other teeth - so there is no associated stress put on the rest of your teeth as you might find with a bridge.
If you have missing teeth, your facial structure may be compromised and appear sunken. Many people look prematurely aged when they suffer bone loss of the jaw. Dental implants help to preserve the jawbone and stop additional loss.
Have you heard about All-on-4?
If your teeth have seen better days, or even if you already have traditional dentures - your dentist may recommend that it’s time for something to be done. He or she may recommend All-on-4 dental implants.
The All-on-4 dental implant procedure is relatively new and will give you a full set of teeth without having to have an implant for each tooth. By properly placing four implants on the top of your mouth, and four on the bottom, you can have a full set of teeth that look beautiful and will function as natural, strong teeth.
During this procedure, titanium screws are inserted into your jawbone. A crown is then placed on each screw to anchor prosthetic teeth in place. The screws will eventually fuse to the bone, making your teeth strong and permanent.
The All-on-4 procedure is a remarkable alternative to traditional dentures. Even if you already have dentures – you may still be a candidate for All-on-4 implants.
Our teeth play a big part in our total health. Dental implants can transform the look of your smile as well as improve your ability to chew your food properly. It is always important to have regular checkups with your dental professionals and to maintain good oral health such as brushing and flossing as your dentist recommends. If you have a troubled smile, it may be time to talk to your dentist about implants.