Missing Teeth: Replacing Them is Easier Than Ever

I have always been an avid hockey player, and my love took a bad turn one day when I got struck in the mouth with the puck. It was a painful moment that left me with two teeth knocked out of my mouth. Had I taken the right steps after the accident, I could have possibly saved the teeth, but I did not know I had that option at the time. Thankfully, I worked up the courage to visit a dentist and ask what my options for teeth-replacement were. I was worried I would would have to live the rest of my life without smiling, but I was ecstatic to learn that I was the perfect candidate for dental implants. I created this blog to help others realize that there are so many options to replace missing teeth today that no one has to "just live with" an imperfect smile!

How Dental Implants Benefit You

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Dental implants can help almost everyone with a more attractive smile. However, implants can do more for you than you may have realized. If your dentist has evaluated you and given you the green light for implant surgery, consider the below list of benefits you can look forward to after the procedure. 

Enjoy These Dental Implant Benefits

Depending on your current dental health status, implants can help you in several ways.

Dental implants provide patients with a more attractive smile which can help them be more sociable and self-confident. Some people are too embarrassed to smile because of their missing teeth. When a tooth is missing in the front of the mouth, it's difficult to hide. That causes some to smile less and that can be perceived as a sign of unfriendliness. Implants provide a reason to smile and be visibly happy again.

Implants restore the patient's ability to properly chew food. When you must transfer most of the chewing to one side, that places extra wear and strain on other teeth. A full set of teeth is necessary to chew food well enough to avoid digestive problems. Implants can be used to chew food just like a natural tooth.

Implants keep the jawbone from sagging. Your jawbone shapes the appearance of your lower face area. Unfortunately, when a tooth is missing, the jaw can begin to shrink. The bones under the missing tooth area perceive the absence of a tooth so the bones produce less bone material. Over time, the jaw will begin to sag and droop, which makes the face appear older. An implant is detected as a natural tooth by the jawbone, keeping the bones stable and strong.

Implants help keep teeth healthier. A missing tooth can cause nearby teeth to become loose. Teeth rely on the gentle pressure of other teeth to stay straight. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to become loose enough that bacteria can enter and cause infections. They can also become so loose that they fall out.

Dental Implant Precautions

For your implants to give you years of the above benefits, follow your dentist's directions about aftercare and keep the below considerations in mind:

  1. Ask your dentist to provide you with the manufacturer's information about the implant so it can be referenced later if you change dentists.
  2. If you are a smoker, consider how that can affect your implant. You may take longer to heal after the implant surgery, and you could be at an increased risk of infections if you smoke.

To find out more about dental implants, speak to your dentist.


5 October 2022