I often have patients lose a tooth for one reason or another. Sometimes it is bone loss, an infection, a broken tooth or simply bad genetics. Once you lose a tooth, the immediate solution is to replace it, especially if it is a front tooth. But what happens when you lose a tooth that is not visible when you smile? The tendency is generally to ignore it.
However, any missing tooth can have a negative impact on your quality of life, as well as dental and oral health. Did you know that when we chew, a healthy tooth strengthens the quality of the jawbone and helps prevent bone loss? Missing teeth, on the other hand, can cause the jawbone to shrink. This is because the bone is no longer stimulated during chewing. Physical changes to the face are a frequent result; you may begin to look older than you really are.
Furthermore, it’s important to remember each tooth plays a critical role in your oral health. Your teeth do not stand alone. They are part of a complex, integrated system. That is why each individual tooth plays such an important role. Every single tooth ensures, for example, that the teeth in front and behind stay aligned.
Fortunately, with modern technology and the use of dental implants we can help you replace missing teeth. You can get the confidence to smile again or to simply enjoy your favorite foods again!
Dental implants offer you many advantages:
- Dental implants are accepted by dental professionals for over 40 years, as a successful and trusted method of tooth replacement used today. They are considered the “gold standard” for tooth replacement.
- Unlike conventional bridges or a removable denture, an implant actually replaces the root of the natural tooth.
- Are made of biocompatible materials. As a result they are accepted by your body.
- Your implant can last a lifetime with proper care and good oral hygiene. Implants are considered a long term solution for missing teeth.
- Are minimally invasive. Unlike conventional bridges, your adjacent healthy teeth are untouched. There is no need to grind down adjacent natural teeth.
- Maintain natural bone, and minimize further bone loss due to bone stimulation. This is one of their most important advantages.
I often hear from my patients that they are afraid that the implant surgery is “going to hurt”. You will be surprised to hear that truth is quite the opposite. The majority of patients say the procedure is painless and we’ve even heard a patient comment “that was the easiest procedure I’ve ever had done in a dental office!” If you would like more information or to discuss how dental implants can help you, give our office a call and see what we can do for you: (604) 222-1229.