One or more missing teeth can make us feel extremely self-conscious about our appearance, and this can have particularly negative effects in the workplace. Delivering a presentation, discussing an issue with your boss, or even running into a co-worker in the break room can be stressful if you are embarrassed about your smile. Fortunately, dental implants can provide an effective long-term solution. Read on to find out more.
How widespread is the problem?
According to a Bupa study of 2,000 UK employees, 28% of workers go out of their way to avoid smiling because they are insecure about their teeth. This lack of confidence can cause a number of issues in the workplace, ranging from difficulty connecting with fellow employees to being overlooked for a pay rise or promotion. The same study showed that 42% of employees found working with colleagues with bad teeth distracting, while 29% admitted that the issue affected their confidence in a co-worker’s ability to do their job.
How can dental implants help?
Dental implants are a permanent solution for patients who have suffered the loss of one or more teeth. They work by inserting an artificial tooth root into the jawbone, which is used as a foundation to add a bridge or crown that is visible above the gum line. When one or two teeth are missing, a single implant is used per tooth, however if multiple teeth are being replaced it is often possible to reduce the number of implants by attaching bridges to connect the replacement teeth. Implants are designed to fit in with your natural teeth and they look and feel just like regular teeth. None of your co-workers will be able to tell the difference, enabling you to smile at work with confidence.
Advantages of dental implants
Dental implants have a number of advantages over other tooth loss alternatives (such as dentures), including:
- Permanent solution – Since implants are designed to fuse with your jawbone, they become a permanent part of your jaw. When looked after properly, implants can last a lifetime.
- Natural appearance – Implants look and feel just like your real teeth. No one will be able to tell the difference.
- Improved speech – Sometimes dentures can slip in the mouth, causing you to slur your words. Dental implants enable you to speak with confidence.
- Better oral health – Unlike some treatments, dental implants don’t require the grinding down and weakening of adjacent teeth.
- Prevention of bone loss – Dental implants can help prevent the bone loss that occurs beneath missing teeth. This maintains the normal shape of the jaw, preventing the sunken appearance that can occur with tooth and bone loss.
For more information about implants or to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dental surgeons, contact Exeter Advanced Dentistry today. We look forward to your visit.