A missing tooth greatly impacts your daily life in a number of ways. You may feel embarrassed or self-conscious about talking or smiling in front of others because of your missing tooth. You also may have difficulty chewing and eating the foods you once enjoyed. All of this takes a toll on your confidence, and it’s always on your mind. You may not even realize that your missing tooth is also impacting your oral health. Dental implants may be a good solution and here are some of the benefits they offer.
Missing Teeth and Oral Health
When you’re missing a tooth, there’s a lot happening behind the scenes with your oral health that you may not be aware of. Without a root to support, your bone begins to deteriorate, which eliminates support for your remaining teeth. Your healthy teeth will also begin to shift into the open space, which puts them at risk for fractures and other damage. Unfortunately, without a replacement, missing a tooth is a downward spiral for more loss.
Now known as the gold standard in dentistry for tooth replacement, dental implants are so successful because they replace both your root and your tooth. A biocompatible titanium post is placed into your jawbone during a surgical procedure. Titanium naturally integrates with your bone over time and creates a firm foundation for your new tooth, which is customized porcelain crown.
Dr. John Boyd has over 25 years of experience in restoring dental implants and smiles. He’ll customize your new tooth so it matches your existing teeth and offers all the function you enjoyed before. This means you’ll be back to chewing, eating, talking, and smiling normally again in no time, and no one will ever be able to tell you were missing a tooth.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dr. Boyd can determine if implants are right for you with a thorough examination and x-rays. Implants do require that the patient is in good overall health and has enough healthy bone structure to support the dental implant in order to be successful. Dr. Boyd works closely with a trusted specialist during the surgical phase of your treatment, and then after the appropriate healing time has passed, you’ll return to West 7th Smiles for your crown to be placed.
Contact West 7th Smiles
Want to learn more about how dental implants can help restore your smile? Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.