If you have lost a tooth, the impact on you is dramatic. There is a functional problem that you may lose chewing effectiveness, and your other teeth may drift. And there is the gap in your smile that shows every time you open your mouth. And there is the emotional dimension, too: you have lost a part of you. Dental implants are the most attractive, most effective, most tooth-like replacement option. They can help you and your smile feel whole again.
If you have lost one or more teeth and want to learn about dental implants in the Orlando area, please call (407) 834-6446 or contact Dr. Michael L. Weinstock online in Altamonte Springs today for an appointment.
Why You Need to Replace a Missing Tooth
A missing tooth is one of the most visible types of smile defects. It’s also the one most often listed as the most unattractive smile problem. It can make your smile look unattractive and unhealthy. Some people will jump to conclusions about why you have a missing tooth.
But replacing a missing tooth is not just cosmetic. Every tooth in your mouth has an important role to play, and not replacing a missing tooth can lead to multiple problems, such as:
- Remaining teeth shift and become crooked
- Remaining teeth at increased risk of damage
- Decreased chewing effectiveness
- Increased risk of gum disease
- Jawbone begins to degrade
If you have lost a tooth, you need to replace it in order to prevent further damage and even additional tooth loss. And of all the tooth replacement options available, dental implants are the best.
Advantages of Dental Implants
What makes dental implants the best tooth replacement option? They have many benefits over other options, such as:
- Eat all the foods you enjoy
- Never worry about teeth slipping out
- No special cleaning or maintenance required
- Can last a lifetime
- More than 90% success rate for good candidates
- No need to modify neighboring teeth
- Stimulate and maintain jawbone and gums
Dental implants are simply just like having a new replacement tooth because they are the most like your natural teeth in structure. They include both a crown and a root like your natural teeth.
For other tooth replacement options, there is only a crown. In a dental bridge, the crown is supported by neighboring teeth, which requires they be modified. And in dentures, the crown is supported by a plastic or metal plate that fits into your mouth and sits on top of your gums.
The Ideal Candidate for Dental Implants
Dental implants work best for people who meet the following criteria:
- Plenty of healthy bone to support the implant
- Good oral health
- Good general health
- Not taking medications that interfere with bone healing
However, even if you’re not an ideal candidate, you can usually get dental implants. If you lack adequate bone, bone grafting can be used to help anchor dental implants. We can treat gum disease and other oral health problems to maximize the odds of dental implant success. You can quit smoking—at least temporarily—and we can talk to your doctor about your health and medications.
If you want to learn whether you can get dental implants in Altamonte Springs, or if you have questions about finding the right implant dentist, please call (407) 834-6446 or email our Orlando cosmetic dentist, Dr. Weinstock today.