The waiter places your steak in front of you, and as your friends start to dig in, you feel a tightness in your chest. You usually get together with them at least once a month for a nice dinner, but now that you’re here, you’re unsure that you’ll be able to actually eat it. You see, your missing teeth have made it nearly impossible to eat a variety of foods, particularly steak. As you sit there, one of your friends asks, “Is it alright?” You don’t know whether to send it back or vainly chew it, so you just mumble something, hoping they don’t notice the gap in your smile. Problems like this are common with missing teeth, and they can greatly impact both your appearance and independence. What should you do about it? How can you avoid this feeling of inadequacy? Dr. Alan Arrington can help you, and it’s with dental implants in Hamilton, GA.
How Missing Teeth Hurt You
In addition to making you feel self-conscious, missing teeth can make it much harder to eat. This leads many people to avoid essential foods like proteins and fibrous vegetables simply because they can’t chew them. Over time, this lack of nutrition can drastically effect your health, leading to a much shorter life expectancy. They can be very damaging to your self-confidence as well, leading you to avoid your friends and family.
The problems can go much deeper, because often, your remaining teeth will shift into the empty space, misaligning your bite. This can lead to unconscious tooth grinding, as well as chronic jaw pain (which is often a source of migraines). Fortunately, you can prevent all of this and completely restore your teeth with dental implants.
How Do They Work?
Dental implants have an advantage over other methods of replacing missing teeth: They can restore the entire structure: root and crown. This is unlike any other restorative procedure.
Dental implants involve a new titanium root being surgically placed into your jaw. This not only provides a sturdy base for your new tooth, but can also prevent and even reverse the tissue atrophy common after tooth loss. It is able to do this because titanium is bio-compatible, meaning that once the root has been implanted, the body treats it like a natural root and sends nourishing blood to the surrounding area, bringing it back to life.
Dental implants are one of the most versatile ways you can replace your missing teeth, as they can restore a single tooth, support a bridge, and even anchor a set of dentures. Implant supported dentures actually have a better hold and allow a stronger bite force than traditional dentures. This means you can confidently enjoy a wider variety of foods and not have to worry about embarrassing slippage.
Implants have a 98% success rate and are easy to maintain. All it takes is normal brushing and flossing to keep them looking great for decades.
How Can I Get Dental Implants?
In order to be a good candidate for dental implants, you should be in decent overall health, and need enough healthy jaw bone to support them. If this isn’t the case, Dr. Arrington can advise you on what to do.
If you want to be able to eat all of your favorite foods again, make an appointment with your dentist in Hamilton, GA today. Give yourself the ability to smile without a second thought. Dental implants can do so much more than just restore your teeth, so we hope to see you soon.