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5 Reasons to Replace Your Lost Tooth with an Implant

If you recently lost a tooth, either in an accident or due to decay, you have a decision to make. Should you just live with the missing tooth, have it replaced with a standard dental bridge, or have an implant inserted in its place? Though there are exceptions to the rule, in the great majority of cases, your best choice is to have the lost tooth replaced by a dental implant. Here are five reasons why.

1. Dental Implants Have a High Success Rate

The fact that implants need to be placed surgically in your jaw bone scares a lot of patients away. But although the word surgery can be scary, this is a very safe, common, low-risk procedure when performed by an experienced dentist.

Dental implants have a success rate of up to 98 percent. Plus, since the doctor performs the surgery under local anesthesia, you don't feel a thing while your dentist is working. Discomfort after surgery is easy to manage with over-the-counter pain relievers and a soft diet.

2. Dental Implants Give You a Natural-Looking Smile

A good smile gives you confidence. If you are missing a tooth, you may avoid smiling because you do not want others to notice your missing tooth. However, with a dental implant in place, nobody will be the wiser.

Implants are made to look just like natural teeth. Your dentist can make sure the crown, which is the exposed portion of the implant, is the exact same color as your natural teeth. Your improved smile will boost your confidence in social and career-related situations.

3. Dental Implants Provide a Comfortable Chewing Experience

Other tooth replacement options, like standard bridges, may make the chewing experience a bit cumbersome as food can get stuck between the dental appliance and your gums. If you choose not to replace the tooth at all, you'll also need to worry about food getting caught in the gap and bothering your gums. On the other hand, with an implant, you can chew comfortably and confidently, just as you did with your original tooth.

4. Dental Implants Can Last for Life

If you hate having to go to the dentist, a dental implant is actually the perfect tooth replacement option for you. Other tooth replacement options, like bridges, generally only last about 10 years. However, the titanium screw portion of the implant, which is the part implanted into your jaw bone, can last the rest of your life as long as you take good care of your teeth and gums.

You may need to have the crown portion of the implant replaced every 15 years or so, but this is a quick and painless process.

5. Dental Implants Maintain Your Face Shape and Dental Health

Have you ever seen someone who wears dentures and whose face appears to be sunken in around their jawline? This happens when the jaw bone around a missing tooth or teeth begins to deteriorate. The tooth roots are no longer present to stimulate the jaw bone, so it breaks down, and the soft tissue around it begins to settle inward.

Dental implants stimulate your jaw bone in the same manner as natural tooth roots. This prevents the bone from deteriorating, which prevents you from developing that sunken-in appearance. Healthy, strong jaw bone also prevents damage to and shifting of the teeth neighboring your missing tooth.

If you are missing a tooth, contact the office of Michael J. Wallace, DDS LLC to schedule an appointment and learn more about dental implants. The sooner you have a tooth replaced with an implant, the simpler the surgical procedure will be.