August 12, 2016
When it comes to things that make patients uncomfortable, the only thing that comes close to the trauma of losing a tooth is knowing that you’re going to lose one. For others, that’s a difference without much distinction: Losing a tooth is losing a tooth, and it doesn’t matter when or how it happens – as in, whether it’s a sudden accident of the result of a long-time-coming case of advanced gum disease – the net effect is a missing tooth.
You might think that a missing tooth is the End Game when it comes to problems with your smile. That’s not really true, because in actuality, it’s really the beginning of one of two separate paths: One path involves your smile coping with that missing tooth in strange and negative ways; the other path involves getting a state-of-the-art dental implant to reclaim beauty and health.
I think you can figure out which one I am going to recommend.
What’s Really Missing
When you lose a tooth or multiple teeth, the loss goes far beyond the tooth itself. It’s almost akin to losing a limb, and it is far too easy for your self-confidence to plummet if you’ve ever had to be toothless for any amount of time.
Society can be very unforgiving to people with such noticeable flaws in their personal appearance, and that’s especially true when it comes to your smile. It is thought that, scientifically speaking, your smile is the first thing that people notice when they first meet you. We attach a lot of significance to the appearance of a person’s smile because it is thought that it says a lot about them, from how friendly they are to how well they maintain their personal hygiene.
But sometimes, whether due to illness, an accident, or something in between, you can lose your tooth and be unfairly judged for it. Talk about adding insult to injury.
Unfortunately, your problems won’t just be social ones. One or more missing teeth can greatly increase the likelihood that you’ll develop a case of gum disease. Missing teeth can also prevent your normal bite forces from properly “exercising” your jaw bone, accelerating potential bone loss. And in extreme cases, your remaining teeth will “drift” throughout your mouth, slowly over time, as they attempt to fill in the literal gaps created by empty sockets.
As you can see, your problems will only start multiplying after you’ve lost a tooth.
Yet it doesn’t have to be this way.
Dental Implants Will Secure Your Smile
By installing a dental implant (or series of implants, as your smile might require), I can lay the groundwork for accompanying restorative dentistry procedures which will rebuild your smile piece by piece. From there, I can securely place a glistening new dental crown, bridge, inlay or onlay, even dentures.
It starts by evaluating your smile with a digital X-ray. One of the main factors in being a good candidate for a dental implant is having enough bone density in your jaw to support the titanium implant. If not, then a bone grafting process or alternative treatment may be in order.
Once that’s taken care of, I can start the implantation process itself. You’ll be serenely placed under anesthetic while my team and I swiftly secure the implants beneath the gumline. I can then place a custom-crafted crown, bridge, or set of dentures onto the implant in the same appointment thanks to my CEREC prosthetic fabricator.
From start to finish, I’ll work with you every step of the way, answering any questions you might have, or explaining how the process works in detail. I love educating my patients as much as I do giving them the smiles of their dreams, and at Synergy Dental Center, we work hard every day to make sure you get both.
Now, Secure Your Appointment
Delaying action won’t delay the inevitable if you have a missing tooth. Your problems will only worsen, and the solutions will grow more extreme and expensive by the week. You need to get treatment as soon as possible before orthodontic action is required to realign any drifting teeth, and prevent undue bone density loss to increase your chances of a dental implant candidacy.
To schedule your consultation appointment with us, please call me at (307) 228-1585. You can also request your appointment online; just fill out our web form and we’ll get back to you in a flash!