There are many reasons someone can lose a tooth. Regardless of whether you lose a tooth playing sports or are left with gaps in your smile because of aging or tooth decay, replacing those lost teeth and restoring your smile is important for your oral health.
At Dr. Jennifer Perkins’s office in Huntsville, AL, we regularly help patients in need of a tooth restoration by using dental implants. Dental implants are remarkable because despite being the size of a tiny screw, they can restore your smile, replace missing teeth, and protect your mouth from further damage.
If you lost one or more teeth, learn more about how dental implants can give you your smile back.
The Many Benefits of Implants
There are several benefits to choosing dental implants, including:
- Improved appearance – Implant-supported restorations look like natural teeth.
- Improved speech – Missing teeth or slippery dentures can affect your speech, causing you to mumble or slur your words. With implants, you can speak clearly, without worrying about your teeth.
- Improved comfort – Implants become a part of you, which means you don’t have to worry about the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Improve self-esteem – By repairing and restoring your teeth, you can smile without embarrassment and feel more confident in how you look.
- Improved oral health – In most cases, nearby teeth don’t have to be altered to support your dental implant, which means we can leave more of your natural teeth intact. This improves your long-term oral health.
- Easier eating – Compared to sliding dentures or missing teeth, a smile restored with dental implants makes chewing not only easier, but pain-free.
- Durability – Because dental implants fuse with your jaw bone, they are durable and will last for many years. With good care, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
- Convenient – Implants don’t need to be removed. There is also no need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
Who Can Get Implants?
In most cases, if you are healthy enough to undergo a routine tooth extraction or oral surgery, you can be considered for implants. For them to work, you need to have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant in place. Waiting too long after losing a tooth can cause your bone to weaken or deteriorate, making it unable to support an implant.
To be considered for a dental implant, you must also be committed to good oral hygiene and regular checkups with your dentist. If you smoke heavily, have a chronic disorder such as diabetes or heart disease, or if you have had radiation therapy to your head or neck, you will need to be evaluated to determine if dental implants are right for you.
If you are considering dental implants and think they could be right for you, call Dr. Perkins today to schedule an appointment. During your time with us, we can discuss your situation, examine your mouth, and come up with the best treatment plan for you.