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Loosing teeth can have a negative impact, creating lasting social and emotional consequences. Your smile is important to your self-esteem and confidence, which in turn plays a critical rule in your overall health and happiness. Many of the people who now enjoy the benefits of dental implant supported teeth; state that their self esteem and self confidence have been restored as a result of improved appearance, function, comfort, and health. Your self-esteem and confidence will be improved because you will not have to worry about denture problems or people noticing that you have missing teeth.
Facial changes naturally occur in relation to the aging process. When teeth are lost, this process is grossly accelerated with more rapid facial aging, with tooth loss the bone is reduced in height and thickness and due to that shrinkage of the jawbone may occur making the face look older. Today's dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they help stop shrinkage of your jawbone and thereby preserve facial appearance, and help people feel younger. As a result, it maintains the quality of life so that you can live and age with dignity and grace.
With ill-fitting dentures, the teeth slip and slide around the mouth. The facial muscles become tense in an attempt to hold the teeth in place. This often results in mumbling, slurred speech or clicking noises. Implant supported replacement teeth allow you to speak with confidence in a relaxed and natural tone. Improve your speech by eliminating or reducing the "fullness" of full or partial dentures.
As the jawbone shrinks, your chewing efficiency is reduced even more, making it difficult to eat certain foods. Also a full upper denture covers the palate of the mouth and reduces the ability to taste foods. With dental implants, you can have the palate removed from your upper denture so you can taste and enjoy your food. Implants can restore chewing efficiency comparable to that of natural teeth. This allows you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain. You can enjoy everyone is eating and you don't have to think twice about it.
Typical problem with dentures is that they become loose, and can fall out when laughing, sneezing or coughing without the use of adhesives and never fit or feel like natural teeth. They become loose fitting due to shrinking gum tissue, which then causes irritation to the mouth, sores and pain. Restoration of teeth with dental implants can bring back the patient's masticatory functions to normal. His facial appearance is improved due to the support the lip muscles now able to speak better and more comfortably. Patients flash radiant smiles. Thus, implants offer a new lease of life to these dental cripples and their lifestyles change for the better to more sociable ones.
(Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland)
FICOI, (Fellow of the
International Congress of Oral Implantologists). Consultant Dental and Maxillo Facial Surgeon-implantologist. Dr. Biju Thomas is a highly ...
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