Walking into a restaurant isn’t fun when you’re living with a compromised tooth. Chewing the foods you used to enjoy becomes challenging, and you may not be able to order what you’d like to from the menu. It may also feel embarrassing talking, smiling, and eating in front of other people. A dental implant may be solution you need and Dr. Megan Shelton can help! Here are some of the benefits of getting a dental implant in Carlsbad.
The Impact of Missing Teeth on Your Oral Health
While you’re feeling self-conscious about your missing or failing tooth, you may not even realize the impact it’s having on your oral health. Without a root to support, your jawbone will deteriorate, eliminating support for your remaining teeth. Your healthy teeth will also begin to shift into the open space left by your missing tooth. This causes bite misalignment and an increased risk for fractures to your teeth. Replacing a missing tooth restores both your confidence and your oral health.
How Can a Dental Implant Help?
Dental implants are the best replacement for a missing tooth because they restore both your root and your tooth. A titanium post placed during surgery will naturally integrate with your bone over a healing period of 3-6 months. This creates a stable foundation for your new tooth, which is a custom porcelain crown designed to complement your smile. Dental implants can also be used to support other dental prosthetics such as a denture or dental bridge, which are used to restore multiple missing teeth.
Because a dental implant mimics your natural tooth, you’ll enjoy all the function you had before including chewing and eating the foods you always enjoyed. You’ll also be able to brush and floss with ease, which makes your implant easy to care for. Your implant offers great longevity because with excellent home care and regular dental check-ups with Dr. Shelton, it can potentially last for a lifetime.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
At Polished General Dentistry, your dentist in Carlsbad can determine if implants are right for your needs with an examination and x-rays. Dental implants do require enough healthy bone structure for support, and that the patient is in good overall health. If dental implants are not right for your needs, Dr. Shelton can discuss alternative options for tooth replacement with you.
If you move forward with dental implants, you’ll be happy to know that Dr. Shelton can handle both the surgical placement and restoration of your dental implant, so you’ll always be working with the team you know and trust.
Contact Polished General Dentistry
Contact Polished General Dentistry today to learn more about how we can help you reclaim your smile.