When patients experience tooth loss, they also experience a range of emotions as they navigate a new terrain of dental health. There is concern over the embarrassment of a toothless smile, anxiety over not knowing what their replacement options might be, even worry over how to care for a prosthetic, if they decide to go that route. These are all understandable — having a compromised smile is hard enough, but when you are new to the world of restorative dentistry, it’s as if you were entering the Land of Oz! The good news is that there is a permanent, secure, and natural-looking replacement that you won’t have to go Over the Rainbow for.
The most natural-looking, easy to care for, and permanent solution for a missing tooth (or several missing teeth) is a dental implant. Dental implants are surgically placed beneath your gums and – once healed – function just like natural tooth roots, providing a stable base for prosthetic teeth.
With dental implants, you won’t need to ask the Wizard to return your old tooth. Dental implants can, in fact, be more aesthetically pleasing and stronger than natural teeth. Other benefits include:
- You enjoy the freedom to eat what you want. Implants provide superior strength and security, making it easy to eat your favorite foods. Take a bite out of that fresh apple while they’re in season; your teeth can handle it.
- You can speak clearly. Because dental implants do not shift around in your mouth, speaking with them is just like speaking with your natural teeth. No need to worry about pronouncing “s” or “the” sounds.
- You care for them just like regular teeth. When you opt for dental implants, each prosthetic tooth is individually placed. Just like natural teeth, all you need to do is brush after each meal, floss daily, and see me or one of the other dentists at my practice as recommended.
If you are missing one or more teeth, we advise replacing them sooner, rather than later. Gaps created by tooth loss allow the surrounding teeth to shift, leading to an increased risk for misalignment and periodontal disease. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. You won’t be faced with a mystery man behind the curtain, just a highly trained team of professionals who want you to enjoy your best smile.