There are many elements which combine to provide you with the quality of life which you have. These include your finances, your career, your family, your social life, and what many would consider the most important, your health. Under the umbrella of health, we should include not just your physical well-being but also your mental health and your emotional health.
Whilst not everyone would immediately think of dental issues as a source of negativity that might harm your quality of life, were you to hear some of the anguish which patients who come to see us at DaVinci Smiles have experienced as they tell us what they have been going through, you would soon accept that it does.
With teeth which are missing, damaged, decayed, and broken, there can be impacts on all three health areas, namely physical, mental, and emotional. Specific examples for physical include the pain which might be experienced from teeth which are damaged, plus the inability to properly chew food which can have an impact on a person’s digestive system.
With regards to mental health, there can be the stress of having painful and missing teeth, plus patients who have lost teeth can often become depressed, especially if they are unsure of what solutions may be available to them, and the longer that scenario goes on, the more debilitating it can become. Finally, with emotional health, there can be embarrassment and even shame, at having gaps in one’s teeth, so they refrain from smiling and even talking in social situations.
Now that we have outlined some of the ways in which issues with your teeth can adversely affect your quality of life, we now turn to some of the solutions. The first point we must make is that if you are suffering from any health issues you should not hesitate to get professional medical advice. The dental solution might fix the root (no pun intended) cause, but there may remain some underlying health issues which should be addressed by your medical practitioner.
As for those dental solutions, you might consider dentures, dental crowns, and veneers, and whilst these can provide the answers to some issues, they all have their limitations, especially when they are compared to dental implants. Some of the drawbacks are:
- Might not be a perfect fit
- Extended time to get used to them
- Not a permanent solution
- Continual need to buy bonding products
Dental Crowns & Bridges
- Teeth on either side of the bridge can be damaged
- Do not correct bone loss in the jaw
- If there is not enough teeth or tooth left, it can’t be crowned
As for dental implants, we advise our patients it is the optimal solution. Dental implants do not only have practical advantages with respect to how they fix many of the physical issues that can occur with regards to your teeth, but they can also improve the quality of your life as result.
The first of these improvements is how natural a dental implant will look and feel. Not only does this mean dental implants are close to feeling like you have your original healthy teeth, but they also look more natural too. Patients have had to take some time to convince a friend that they have dental implants instead of their own teeth, due to the dental implants’ natural appearance.
As for the mental and emotional aspect of having dental implants, you would no longer feel embarrassed about smiling with missing, damaged or coloured teeth, your ability to speak with confidence returns now that any lisp would be eliminated, and the emotional stress and depression will also diminish now that your teeth look and feel new, clean, fresh, and healthy.
Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, we encourage you to discuss these matters with a dental professional.
Disclaimer: Not all patients are suitable for dental implants, a consult and dental check up with the dentist is required before recommending any treatment.