A healthy smile should last a lifetime, but, well…. sometimes that smile needs a little help. For various reasons, many people end up with a missing tooth (or teeth). Not only can a missing tooth cause embarrassment, but it can also lead to long-term health issues. Fortunately, there are procedures, such as dental implants, that can bring back that beautiful smile.
Dental implants have a dramatic, positive affect on a patient’s life. Not only does the simple procedure brighten his or her appearance, it can also drastically improve their overall quality of life.
Unlike other dental procedures, an implant replaces the tooth root, not just the crown. The bone bonds to the implant, provides a solid foundation for chewing that looks natural. The implant is permanent and designed to last a lifetime.
In fact, there are many advantages of dental implants including:
Increased confidence – many people are self conscious when missing a tooth, but once it’s “fixed” their confidence and self esteem rises
Improved chewing ability – a dental implant attaches to the root, making chewing and biting easier. Patients can enjoy their favorite foods again!
Improved appearance – this simple, single procedure is one of the most dramatic ways to improve a person’s appearance
Keep surrounding teeth healthy – the teeth around the “missing” tooth won’t suffer
Easy to care for – implants are permanent, and require the same care as your regular teeth
Permanent – dental implants are permanent and designed to last a lifetime. Once implanted, you don’t have to think about them!
Improve long-term health – dental implants reduce the risk of periodontal disease and other oral infections. They also keep the jaw bone healthy (the jaw bone can actually shrink over time when teeth are missing!).
If you or someone you love is missing a tooth – or teeth – dental implants can make a huge difference in the overall quality of life. To learn more or for a consultation to determine if an implant is the right solution for you, contact Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today.