You might think that with both the increased knowledge about dental hygiene and the advanced level of dental care available to us today, that there is little demand for tooth replacement solutions like dental implants. After all, cavities are now easily stopped in their tracks, and oral disease is easily preventable with good hygiene and regular visits to your dentist in Ottawa.
Unfortunately, tooth decay can happen to the best of us, sometimes making it necessary for a tooth to be pulled.We can even fall victim to an unfortunate accident in which a healthy tooth gets knocked out. When these things happen, a dental implant is an excellent option for your need of a tooth replacement solution. Here are three reasons your Ottawa dentist may recommend dental implants over other options for replacing teeth:
Better overall oral health
A dental implant is essentially a “root” that is surgically and permanently implanted and holds a new, replacement tooth in place. It fills the gap left behind by the missing tooth while positively affecting the other teeth around it, preventing the risk of bone loss, jaw pain and misalignment that can occur when there is tooth loss. Deciding on a dental implant also eliminates the need to alter or remove any other teeth, unlike a bridge or dentures. It is also easily brushed, flossed and cared for the same way as the rest of one’s natural teeth, ensuring the ability to maintain good oral health.
The functionality of a full set of teeth is best appreciated when one has dealt with the frustration of going without them. Restricted food choices or reduced speech clarity can both be consequences not only of missing teeth, but also of other tooth replacement choices, like dentures. An Ottawa dentist will tell you that a real advantage of dental implants is that, because they are securely and permanently in place, your chewing ability is not impacted, and your speech is not compromised. You are also not inconvenienced by the time and effort needed to use adhesives or special cleaners.
Any reputable Ottawa dentist will not minimize your concern over the appearance of your teeth and mouth. We definitely live in an era that scrutinizes this area of our physicality. Fortunately, we also live in an era—and part of the world—that embraces advanced dental knowledge and intervention. Dental implants both look and feel like natural teeth, giving you back “your” mouth, and the appearance you desire.