A dental implant all begins with a tiny screw. The root of your tooth is extracted, if you still have it intact, and replaced with a tiny little screw that can make all of the difference in the world to your mouth. No one wants to be without a tooth, but it happens more than you might think.
When you lose a permanent tooth, you lose a lot. Suddenly your mouth becomes an uneven mess. If you lose a molar or anything in the back, you realize that you can no longer chew anything more solid than mashed potatoes on that side. And if something hard or sharp, like a potato chip, accidentally hits the open gum where your tooth is missing, the pain could send you through the roof. Over time, as you put more pressure on the teeth that remain, you notice that they begin to rebel through tenderness. God forbid if you start to loosen what you have left through the constant wear!
If you lose a tooth in the front, you don’t worry so much about chewing, but you might need to adjust your bite depending on which tooth is gone. Unfortunately, you’ll start to feel self-conscious and worry more about your looks. Suddenly you find yourself perfecting the closed-mouth grin; laughing behind your hand becomes the norm. You even might start talking less so that people won’t see the open gap. Your face will begin to sink a bit where the tooth is missing and this can alter your appearance.
If you are missing a tooth, or multiple teeth, stop changing your life to accommodate your mouth. Dental implants will give you back your ability to eat anything you like; steak and lobster included. Dental implants will also give you back your confidence to laugh loudly, smile widely, and speak freely. At Island Dental Associates, our professional staff will take care of your dental needs right in the office. Most times, you can get your implant done in the same day thanks to our on-site lab. Call us to set up an appointment today. We want you to enjoy your life and we’ll do our best to get you there!