The holiday season is in full swing. You can’t keep up with all the invites. You’re excited about spending time with your friends and family, but you can do without the gazillion smile requests. You don’t like being photographed because you’re uncomfortable about your missing teeth. Everyone asking you to smile makes you feel self-conscious. Don’t worry, many people have missing teeth due to trauma, gum disease, or tooth decay.
But when you have missing teeth, you should replace them because they affect more than your smile. The missing teeth had a role in taking some of the pressure off your biting force. Now they’re gone and the remaining teeth take on extra pressure.
Eventually, your teeth can shift out of alignment and become harder to clean and more susceptible to gum disease and infection. The team at Jackson Center for Smiles is here to help. You can get your smile back with dental implants.
A dental implant actually has three parts. First, the implant, which is the titanium screw placed in the bone. Second, an abutment is the part that connects the implant to the crown. Third, the crown, which looks and functions as a natural tooth.
Dental Implant Benefit Checklist
✓ They look like your natural teeth to the naked eye. Implants help to restore the beauty of your smile.
✓ Prevent facial sagging that can happen when several teeth are missing. The sagging skin makes you appear older than you are.
✓ You can keep the integrity of your natural teeth. Adjacent teeth don’t have to be altered to place the implant.
✓ Your teeth don’t move out of place. When your teeth shift out of place, it alters your bite and cleaning your teeth becomes harder.
✓ The jawbone is stimulated, which prevents bone loss by promoting bone growth. Bone loss occurs when missing teeth aren’t replaced.
✓ You can bite and chew your food normally. When you restore normal chewing function, your gastrointestinal health improves.
✓ Your oral health affects your general health. Implants reduce the risk of periodontal disease and infection.
Dental implants are easy to care for and can last a lifetime. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Always schedule your regular dental cleanings and exams. Remember, getting your smile back also restores your oral health. If you live in Jackson, Mississippi, or the neighboring areas, contact our office to schedule an appointment.