I’m 55-years-old and I’m missing a few of my molars. My husband says that it’s time for me to accept the fact that I need dentures- false teeth, but I don’t agree. What other options are there? I really don’t want dentures so please help. Joanne. Hi Joanne, I agree with you.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is implanted into your jawbone by an oral surgeon to replace the missing tooth. Titanium is chosen as it is very bio-compatible with the body and integrates well with bone. After the post has fully integrated with the bone, then a crown can be placed over the top, fully restoring your smile to its former glory.
Dental implants have several major advantages over false teeth. The main advantage is that they help to preserve the bone in your jaw. Natural teeth have long roots extending into the jawbone, and every time you bite down the action stimulates the surrounding bone ensuring it remains strong and healthy. When you lose a tooth the surrounding bone has nothing left to stimulate it and is gradually reabsorbed by the body. Dental implants replicate a natural tooth root, so you retain the bone in your jaw. You may also find replacing your molars with dental implants help to give you a more youthful appearance by supporting your cheeks in the correct position.
Your dental implants will be permanently fixed into place, so unlike false teeth there is no need to worry about them coming loose or moving around. You can also eat more less whatever you like, so your nutrition, and therefore your health, will be better. The surgery doesn’t take very long, and can be performed under sedation if you are nervous. When the surgery is performed by a highly experienced oral surgeon, the success rate can be as high as 96%, and if looked after correctly dental implants can last a lifetime.