A great smile has never been more important than it is today. An attractive appearance matters—especially in a difficult economy when more and more people are looking for jobs.
Competition is fierce, which makes the job interview more important than ever. It’s no secret that a nice smile is an asset to anyone seeking a job.
Dental implants can provide that nice smile.
Most people won’t tolerate having a tooth missing where others can notice. What about missing teeth in the back of the mouth? You may be surprised to find out that along with affecting appearances, any missing tooth can affect the health of your mouth and the way the rest of your teeth fit together.
Many people do not realize that the teeth on either side of an empty space often tilt into that space, and the teeth opposite an empty space can drift up or down into the opening. These tilted teeth are generally less healthy because they are more susceptible to decay, fracture, and periodontal bone loss, and they become loose due to the periodontal (gum tissue and associated bone) problems and may even cause headaches due to altered biting forces.
Replacing teeth is also very important because when a tooth is lost, the bone that used to support that tooth will begin to disintegrate. Teeth and their roots give the jawbone a “purpose” by transferring the bite force to the surrounding bone, which keeps those bone cells “active” and prevents bone atrophy. Without the tooth roots, the bone in the jaw will disintegrate, unless the missing teeth are replaced by dental implants.
An implant recreates the anatomy and function of a natural tooth root, transferring the bite force to the surrounding bone. The dental implant is made of titanium, and is basically an artificial tooth root.
A crown or cap (the part of the tooth that is visible) is a man-made tooth that is placed on top of the implant and looks and “acts” like a natural tooth. Implants can be used to replace a single or several missing teeth. With implants, teeth next to a space do not have to be trimmed down to hold the fake “fill-in” tooth or teeth, as was traditionally done when a dental bridge was placed.
People missing all of their teeth may also benefit from implants. Usually, when all of the teeth are missing, it is not necessary to replace each tooth with a dental implant. By connecting several implants together with the man-made crowns discussed above, we can provide the necessary support and reduce the cost of replacing all of the missing teeth.
Implants may also be used to stabilize and support full upper or lower dentures. This will eliminate the need for denture adhesives and, as mentioned prevent further bone loss under the dentures.
Patients usually want to know if their insurance will pay for implants. More and more dental benefit plans are including implants in their contracts. In some plans, the implants may be denied, but the crowns and bridges, or dentures placed on top of them may be covered by the dental insurance plan.
It is important to have a comprehensive dental implant evaluation and talk with your dental professional about payment plans or financing options available. Our office accepts most insurance plans and we will be happy to determine your insurance coverage.
With the proper planning and correct treatment, you will soon have a smile you can be proud of. If you have any impacted wisdom teeth; chipped or broken teeth; or need to replace your dentures, call our office today at 623-792-5794.