Replacing missing teeth is a good idea for two reasons. The first is health-related. If you have missing teeth, plaque and bacteria can use that space to accumulate and breed. Spaces in your smile allow your remaining teeth to move out of alignment, which can result in them striking one another at improper angles. This will cause a loss of enamel which can lead to cavities. Second, a full strong smile gives you a feeling of confidence and boosts your self-esteem.
Using dental implants is a great way to fill in the gaps in your smile. This is particularly true in a case where you may have one or two missing teeth. Implants are very sturdy, look natural and can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth.
While most people are excellent candidates for implants, you should have a talk with your dentist before deciding on the procedure. Dental implants do require surgery. If you have hemophilia or issues with your immune system, implants may not be for you. You will need to have healthy gums and enough jawbone to support the implants. If you have uncontrolled diabetes, implants may not work well for you. Your dentist should know your medical history and what medication you are taking before you move ahead with implants.
One of the biggest factors in implant success is your commitment to your own dental health. If you don’t plan on following your dentist’s instructions regarding aftercare and follow-up visits; and if you use tobacco or drugs and do not intend to quit, your dentist may suggest another replacement option. You will need to brush twice a day and floss once a day since your implants will need healthy gums to be successful.
If you are missing one or more teeth and you would like to discuss the various ways that you can restore your smile, our dentist Dr. Neil Dhillon will be happy to help. If you live in the Woodlyn, Pennsylvania, area and would like to make an appointment at Complete Care Dental, call 610.833.1919 today and let’s get you started on the road to a bright smile!