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, but 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, but you will experience the most improvement in these three: functional improvement, psychological discomfort, and physical pain.

 

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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, your smile will be fully restored 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 they did before, and without the bracing of their neighbor.

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.

If you are unhappy with any of these effects of missing teeth, please contact Rice Dentistry in Irvine, California today for an appointment.