If you have missing teeth that make you uncomfortable with your smile, dental implants may be the best way to improve your confidence and your overall oral health. At Steele Dental, we understand that our patients want to look their best always, and when treatment is a simple phone call away, we want to help.
How Missing Teeth Can Damage Your Mouth
When the natural tooth is intact, it is held in place by a root that is centered in the jawbone. Once the tooth is removed, the root is no longer able to stimulate the jawbone to create new growth and the bone may crumble over time. This can lead to changes to the shape of your face, bone loss and the shifting of your remaining teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Implants?
Other than the obvious benefits of a better-looking, more comfortable smile, implants offer many benefits. Because they function as natural teeth and are securely rooted in the jaw, you can eat the foods you love without worry about pain or discomfort. If they are placed correctly by an oral surgeon, implants can last a lifetime, decreasing dental costs over time. Implants are easy to care for and only require regular brushing, flossing and cleanings from a professional.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Those who are in good overall health with good oral hygiene habits are often good candidates for implants. You must also have enough bone in the jaw to support the implant, healthy gums and a good dose of patience. Although implants are a permanent replacement for your tooth, they do take several months to place. Ultimately, the up-front cost and the time are worth it when your smile appears completely natural and your bone is preserved.
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