When it comes to restoring teeth that have been lost many years ago, the majority of dental patients assume that the only successful way to do so is with either a denture or fitted bridge.
Of course, many people are aware of oral implants, but have heard that they are not always successful, and can cause issues relating to infections or even wasted money. Oral implants are not prone to becoming infected and, in actuality, the majority of patients who have them fitted report that they feel the investment in their smile was well worth it!
So, on that positive note, what are some of the other benefits of having dental implants Melbourne fitted? Read on to find out!
OK, so you may think that having prosthetic teeth fitted will cause your smile to look fake. Of course these days more people want to have a whiter smile, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for the Hollywood sheen (unless you want to). The majority of dental teams will aim to ensure that the prosthetics fitted via this option blend in flawlessly with your surrounding teeth, and that your smile looks exactly the way you want it to. Of course, if you want the Hollywood smile through the fitting of a denture with implants, that can be done too.
Better bite strength
A core thing that many people who have had oral implants fitted report, is that it gave them back their bite strength. That is, they are now able to bite into harder foods, such as steak or even grain-based foods like corn on the cob without worrying that their teeth will move. The implants themselves, once they have fused, act as a base to have the prosthetic teeth affixed to, thus creating a more stable anchor point that you can use to bite into and chew food as you would with natural teeth.
Better oral health
Interestingly, having tooth implants fitted can also help your oral health to improve.
When you have gaps in your teeth, bacteria can form in these spots and is usually not removed when you brush your teeth. This can cause sore spots to form on the gums, plaque to attach to the nearby teeth and of course, this can lead to worsening gum disease and tooth decay. By having stable, secure implants fitted, those gaps are closed, and your oral health will remain in good condition.
Do you wake up in the morning with a stiff neck and headaches, or do you suffer from migraines?
If the answer is yes to any of this and you have missing teeth, then the two things could be linked. Having gaps in your teeth can cause you to grind your teeth when you sleep, as you look for a way to stabilise your jaw when you relax, leading to tense and sore muscles in the morning. In turn, this can lead to a higher incidence of migraine, headaches and stiff neck, all of which are far from fun. As implants are securely in place, they prevent grinding and have been found to reduce morning headaches.
As well as this, if you have multiple missing teeth, you are at a higher risk of indigestion. Many people forget that teeth are part of the digestive system, and if you have fewer of them, it is harder to grind food down correctly, leading to larger bits of food hitting the stomach and more gastrointestinal issues. So, by having implants fitted, you can better grind down your food and as a result you could well have fewer stomach aches!
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.