Missing a tooth is something that many of us live with every day. If it’s not in a noticeable place, it may not bother you at first. As the years go on, it may become normal with that empty space on the side of your mouth, only visible when you show your biggest smile. You may not have thought much about it before, but things change. As we get older, we may begin to experience joint pain or shifting teeth. This is not always normal, it may have all stemmed from that empty spot. What about your looks? Perhaps you are ready to improve the look of your smile. For any of these reasons, dental implants could be the perfect answer to your problems.
Severe tooth decay, a car accident or trauma, gum disease, or a failed root canal: these all-to-common incidents can lead you to a mouth that is missing one or more teeth. Whether the incident just happened or it’s been a few years, it’s never too late to research cosmetic dentistry. If left untreated, the teeth that surround the empty site could begin to shift and try to compensate for the missing tooth. Your once straight teeth will become crooking and this could change your bite, damage the teeth that you have left, or make it difficult to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums. While it may seem expensive to have the dental work done, it could save you money on the damage that could be done in the long run.
The Missing Link
A missing tooth can cause you more than just a lack of confidence when you smile. That space in your mouth could also lead to joint pain, bite problems, chewing, speech, or digestion issues. To fix this, you could invest in a bridge or dentures, but they require a lot of maintenance. Removal for eating, or the nightly upkeep of cleaning, is inconvenient and time consuming. Dental implants are natural looking and enhance your smile. You can get implants for one or more of your missing teeth. Made with strong materials, such as titanium, they are fixed in your jaw and provide excellent support and stability for your other teeth. With a combination of good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, your implant will last for years.
When you visit a dentist that you trust, dental implants are something that you can expect to have inserted with little to no pain. Expect your dentist to take x-rays of your jaw and molds of your teeth and gum tissue. The area will be dumbed before the implant is surgically placed into your mouth. You will go through a few different phases for proper fit and function. It may take a few months for your body to accept the new object, for adjustments, and healing, but once it is ready, the artificial tooth will be secured in place. Your smile will be complete and you will be able to enjoy your new tooth in comfort.
Complete Family Dentistry offers a wide range of services for the whole family. Whether you need routine care, cosmetic dentistry, or restorative services, they can meet your needs.