When we look in a mirror and feel great about our appearance it can set the mood for our day and send us out the door smiling! In other words, our level of confidence can dramatically impact our lives.
Sadly, missing teeth, medically known as edentulism, can cause significant embarrassment and loss of confidence. Even having a poor set of teeth can prompt people to cover their mouth, shy away from photographs or avoid expressing happiness in general.
Not only will dental implants make everyday activities like eating much more enjoyable and comfortable, but your appearance will also significantly improve, allowing you to smile with confidence again.
When teeth are removed our body assumes there is no need for the bone that supported the teeth and it slowly yet progressively diminishes. This process, called resorption, occurs at a more rapid rate if all teeth in the jaw are missing. Left untreated, the loss of jawbone can progress so far that even the best quality denture will no longer function satisfactorily.
However the discovery of titanium implants by Swedish physician and Professor Branemark in the 1950s and 1960s has led to a vastly improved quality of life for millions of people worldwide, who suffer from problems associated with missing teeth.
Dental implants are titanium screws that are placed into the jawbone, creating an artificial tooth root. This then acts as an anchor to provide a solid base for a crown, bridge or denture. Implants can be used to support an existing or new removable denture, or the denture can be designed to be permanently attached.
Unlike dentures, dental implants don’t slip and unlike bridges, they do not require compromising healthy adjacent teeth. Instead they provide one of the most reliable, natural and easy to maintain dental solutions that are cleaned as part of your existing dental hygiene routine.
The closest option to restoring your own natural teeth that have been lost, deformed or damaged, or for a more permanent alternative or replacement to dentures, dental implants can be lifelong dental companions.
Dental implants are designed to be an enduring solution for loss of teeth to help restore functionality, improve your smile and increase your overall confidence.
View more of Dr Nathan Lewis' real results from his practice in Christchurch at www.smiledesign.co.nz or give us a call on 351-5013 to see what we can do to help give your mouth a strong, long-lasting foundation and a beautiful smile!
Page Published by Dr Nathan Lewis on 25 Jul 2019 11:59 am
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