We often take for granted the ability to eat all the foods we love. But after suffering a tooth loss, being able to enjoy a thick juicy steak, munching on crunchy vegetables, or enjoying our favorite chewy foods becomes a challenge. A discussion on dental implants will reveal that tooth loss does not mean you have to give up your favorite foods.
Sacrificing a tooth to decay, disease or trauma is not something to ignore. There are many reasons to research the various options to replace missing teeth:
- Aesthetics – A toothless smile may be cute on a small child, but an adult may suffer from self- esteem issues that can impact social life, professional position, or public perception in general.
- Dental health – With tooth loss, bone atrophy will follow. The bone located in gum tissue will begin to shrink when the root of the tooth is gone. Filling a gap where one or more teeth were lost can halt this process.
- Speaking – We rely on the tongue and teeth to formulate sounds. With tooth loss, forming certain sounds may be difficult.
There are several options to supplant tooth loss, but for patients seeking to restore the most natural functionality and appearance, dental implants is the optimum treatment.
A dental implant is imbedded in the gum where tooth loss has occurred. This small piece of titanium will integrate with existing bone tissue and become the basis of support for the final restoration, much like the root of a natural tooth.
Once healed, the implant will be covered with a protective restoration that so closely matches the surrounding teeth, it will be indiscernible.
Your dentist has helped to restore your self-confidence, speaking ability, and overall dental health. But best of all, you can now enjoy the foods you love. With dental implants, there are no restrictions as your new tooth will function just like a biological tooth does.
Caring for a dental implant involves the same routine as with natural teeth. Flossing daily along with brushing after eating is the best regimen for excellent oral health. The implant is now a permanent part of your dental anatomy, so enjoy the foods you love while following the rules to protect it and your remaining natural teeth which should also include seeing the dentist for a thorough cleaning and exam twice per year.
Contact the office of Dr. Richard Sousa if dental implants can help you return to your normal life, including eating the foods you love. Call 516-484-6600 to schedule an appointment today.