Why are dental implants important?
If you’re missing a tooth, the gap may cause problems like a shift of the surrounding tooth, risk of pain and discomfort when chewing and biting, tooth damage and decay, and/or the development of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, a condition that disrupts your ability to bite and chew properly.
Missing teeth may also affect your self-esteem. People missing a tooth may try to avoid smiling or laughing in public because it makes them feel self-conscious. Over time, they may notice that the missing tooth affects their speech. No one should have to live with this stress and frustration. Not only can dental implants be a difference-maker for your oral health, but they can also be a boon to your self-confidence. We’re all meant to have a smile that both ourselves and others enjoy.
Should I get a dental implant?
There are several things to think about if you’re considering a dental implant. One of the main benefits of dental implants is that they are permanent. As opposed to the several added steps involved with a removable denture, you can take care of an implant the way you do the rest of your natural teeth. Unlike dentures, there’s never the worry of an implant falling out. And, given their security, implants can help hold other restorations in place post procedure, stabilizing them and lengthening their lifespan.
The decision may come down to the health of your surrounding bone. Dental implants are often a great choice for patients, but sometimes they need a different solution. During our consultation, we’ll talk with you about your medical history, x-rays, and other relevant information to decide on the path forward that foremost prioritizes your long-term oral health and emotional well-being.