We all know that dental implants are a great way to treat a lost tooth. Dental implants can bring a compromised smile back to its original aesthetic quality — this we already know. But did you also know that dental implants can improve the functionality of your teeth and jaw?
Dental implants replace the tooth and its actual root, improving both look and function in the process. Are you experiencing pain while you chew? Can you feel your teeth crowding in on the open real estate left behind by a missing tooth?
A periodontist (dentist specializing in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of periodontal disease), is generally an expert in the placement of dental implants as well as treating oral inflammation. Your dentist might suggest implants for a number of reasons, including:
- Aesthetic enhancement — Dental implants will look and function exactly like a normal tooth. Porcelain crowns are color-matched to blend in with the rest of your teeth. Your dentist might also advise a whitening procedure before your dental implants to optimize your transformation.
- Oral health improvement — Your dental implant will protect bite alignment and also give much-needed stimulation to your jawbone. If a missing tooth is left untreated, it can lead to jawbone deterioration and additional tooth loss.
- Improved functionality — Lost or damaged teeth can compromise a person’s ability to speak, chew and swallow. Dental implants help stabilize the entire mouth. After your dental implant has fused to the bone and integrated itself, your oral functions will go back to normal, making your life easier in the process.
Implants are durable, long-lasting, and will improve your overall health. Your dental implants could very well outlast your natural teeth, because they do not fall victim to decay.
Wondering if you’re a dental implant candidate? You might be if you exhibit the following qualities:
- You live with periodontal disease
- You have one (or multiple) chipped, fractured, damaged, or decayed tooth/teeth
- High cavity risk
- You’re not interested in dentures
- You live with mild to extreme jaw pain
- You lost one or more of your adult teeth
If you have missing or damaged teeth, then don’t wait a second longer. Maybe you’re not necessarily worried about the appearance of your teeth, but you really should be thinking about your long-term oral health. A missing or damaged tooth is an open door for bacteria and infection. Let’s make a decision today for your oral health. Call Bedford Dental Group to learn more about our dental implant procedure. Schedule your initial consultation today and we’ll go over all of your options.