A missing tooth may seem like a small problem, but it can easily become the bane of your existence. That space in your smile is much more than just an aesthetic annoyance. It’s a drain on your oral health. It’s a roadblock in your daily activities – things most people take for granted, like comfortable chewing and speaking. Above all else, it’s a source of anxiety and poor self-esteem. And when you’re not happy with your appearance, it’s hard to be happy about other areas of life.
When you’re exhausted by life without all your teeth, it’s time to turn to a solution. A dental implant is a restorative answer that answers so many patient needs. It’s long-lasting (and sometimes even permanent), natural-feeling, and incredibly supportive. Your implant will feel like the real thing. But are you ready to take the step?
You can’t always dive right into implant placement. There are certain physical requirements that you’ll need to fill before treatment. Don’t write off implants just yet: if you’re not ready now, Dr. Zymantas can help. Read on for a guide to rebuilding your smile from the ground up.
How Have Missing Teeth Impacted Your Life?
The answer to this question is different for every patient. We all have our own priorities, and those dictate the effect a missing tooth has on our daily lives. That said, there are some universal changes that tooth loss brings about:
Loss of confidence – Without a full smile, you tend to cover your smiles and laughter. You feel like you don’t have as much to offer the world, so you end up keeping to yourself. This not only robs those around you of your presence and ideas, but keeps you from feeling as confident and successful as possible.
Oral discomfort – Losing a tooth is inherently uncomfortable, and you’ll feel tenderness at the site. Ongoing changes in your mouth caused by the missing tooth can also be painful.
Poor function – You won’t be able to chew and speak the way you once did, and your teeth won’t work the way you expect them to.
Shifting bite – Surrounding teeth shift to fill the gap, changing the alignment of your entire bite. This can cause chewing difficulty, and even jaw problems.
Heightened risk – When missing a tooth, you have a higher chance of developing cavities or gum disease in the surrounding area.
What Dental Implants Have Done for Our Naperville Patients
After losing a tooth, dental implants step in and change your entire experience. You don’t need to draw on the strength of surrounding teeth to rebuild lost structure. Instead, a dental implant connects with your jaw bone to provide independent support.
Above are photos of one of Premier Dental’s patients before and after dental implants. Hoping to transform your teeth in the same way? There are a few things we’ll need to make sure of beforehand. Schedule a consultation to learn whether the following factors are in place:
Adequate bone density – In order for an implant to succeed, it needs to bond with your jaw bone. For this to happen, there needs to be enough bone at the treatment site for the implant to connect. If you to build up your osseous tissue, a bone graft will supplement the area.
Great oral health – We will do whatever possible to avoid treatment complications like infections. This means there can’t be cavities or periodontal disease present at the time of implant placement.
Fair general health – Because implant placement is surgical, we’ll need to know that we can treat you without causing larger-scale problems.