Dental implants are restorations that can result in significant improvement in your quality of life. There aren’t many investments that can make you look and feel better for decades to come. However, dental implants are one of them.

According to a study of the quality of life of people who receive dental implants, you are likely to experience improvement in all areas of your quality of life related to oral health. Explore all the ways dental implants can improve your quality of life.

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Functional Improvement

This is the area where dental implants will give you the biggest improvement. When you have missing teeth, you will have difficulty eating and speaking. Your teeth perform vital roles in both functions, and if you don’t have good teeth, you will have trouble.

Some tooth replacement options, such as dentures, may also not be adequate for you, especially if they are poorly fitting. Poorly fitting dentures can slip when you talk or chew. People who have poorly fitting dentures have been shown to have significantly poorer nutrition.

With dental implants, we can restore your smile to a state in which you can eat all the foods you enjoy.

Psychological Discomfort

Having one or more missing teeth can lead to psychological discomfort because of your self-consciousness about the appearance of your smile. This affects people with missing teeth on a daily basis. A missing tooth is commonly listed as the most significant detriment to the appearance of a smile, and you probably notice that people treat you differently if you have a missing tooth.

Dental implants replace the missing tooth or teeth to give you an attractive smile.

Physical Pain

Many people with one or more missing teeth often experience chronic aches and pains in the mouth. This may be because tooth replacements like dentures redistribute forces in a way your body is not designed to handle. Dentures often put the force of biting and chewing directly on your gums, which can lead to irritation and pain. You may also experience soreness from your remaining teeth that are now having to accept more force than before.

Perhaps the most painful situation for eating, though, is if you have a damaged tooth that really should be replaced. If the tooth is highly sensitive or tends to get food in it, you likely try to avoid chewing with it. However, this can be difficult.

Dental implants will restore the forces in your mouth to the proper distribution of all teeth supporting one another and transmitting force into your sturdy jawbone. You won’t experience discomfort from chewing ever again.


People with dentures tend to be unhappy with their appearance. Dentures–both complete and partial dentures – can have many appearance problems because of the way they fit over your gums and around your teeth, making them much more conspicuous. Dental implants, on the other hand, go right into your natural gums. Then, we attach restorations to the dental implants. As a result, your replacement teeth look less bulky and noticeable. Your implants then look more like natural teeth and blend in better with your natural teeth.

By filling a gap in your smile or replacing a badly damaged tooth with an attractive, healthy-looking tooth, you will find yourself much happier with your smile, and more eager to share it. This will make it easier for you to enjoy social situations and give you greater confidence in interpersonal encounters from job interviews to dates.


If you are aware that your dentures are not as attractive as you would like them to be, you may feel self-conscious about it. This can interfere with many common social situations, resulting in an unwillingness to smile, talk, or otherwise enjoy a social occasion.

With dental implants, you will always feel comfortable and confident about the appearance of your smile restoration.

Better Chewing

Whether you currently have no tooth, a damaged tooth, or dentures, you likely experience problems with chewing. If you just have a gap or if you tend to eat with your partial denture out, it can be hard to break down your food adequately. It also takes more time and more conscious effort to break down your food enough. The denture may help break down your food if you feel comfortable keeping it in while you eat.

With dental implants, you can look forward to stable chewing that feels natural and effortless. You will never have to second-guess whether something is too difficult to chew ever again.

Denture Fit and Function

If you’re used to wearing conventional dentures, you may have resigned yourself to the fact that dentures just fit badly and function poorly, but this doesn’t have to be the case. With dental implants, your dentures can fit perfectly and stay in place no matter what. This means they’ll feel more comfortable, and you’ll be able to eat a wider range of foods–and not worry that food is going to end up stuck under your dentures.

Invest in Dental Implants in Irvine, CA

Are you tired of just accepting the limitations of dentures? It’s time to do something about them. To learn more about dental implants in Orange County, please call (949) 551-5902 for an appointment with an Irvine implant dentist at Rice Dentistry.