If you're missing teeth, smiling might be something you'd rather not do. Your black hole in your mouth is bothering you when you look in the mirror. There is a solution to take all of your social and dental fears away. The solution can be a dental implant.
An implant is an artificial tooth "root" surgically placed in your mouth. It is made of metallic (titanium) and bone-like ceramic. The implants eventually fuse with your bone to support a crown, bridge, or full denture.
You may be considering an implant for yourself. Here are some things to consider as you make your decision. If you have healthy gums, you are a good candidate. You also need to have enough bone to support an implant. If you have a chronic illness like diabetes and leukemia, it can interfere with the healing process of an implant. Smoking can double the risk of losing an implant altogether. Long-term steroid use, osteoporosis and other diseases that affect the bones can increase the risk of early failure of implants.
When you think of Fall, change comes to mind. It's a season when the leaves change, and maybe it's time for a dental change for you. A dental implant can make you feel more comfortable in social situations. Smiling without hesitation is something that none of us ever want to take for granted. Losing a tooth (or multiple teeth) can be traumatizing. Thanks to dental implants, you don't have to live with an incomplete smile.
At Lakewood Dental Trails, we'd love to discuss the long-term advantages of a dental implant with you. Call to schedule an appointment with us, and get on your way to getting your full smile back.