The experience of losing a tooth can have a profound impact on your quality of life. You probably don’t think much about all the work your teeth do until one is lost; then suddenly the function of your teeth becomes everything.
You’ll Miss Them When They’re Gone
All your teeth are designed to work together to perform different jobs so you can eat, speak, and chew comfortably. When you lose a tooth, the extra work is shifted to the remaining teeth, which means some are doing work they were never meant to do. This can result in discomfort when you eat and chew, and excessive wearing of dental enamel.
But comfort is only part of the problem because a gap in your teeth can cause you to conceal your smile, which only results in helping you feel self-conscious when you are around others.
Dental Implants to the Rescue!
You have multiple options for replacing a missing tooth. But the preferred method today is a dental implant, because of all the solutions available, implants look, feel, and function most like a natural tooth.
A dental implant is a small titanium replacement root that is placed surgically in your jaw bone. After placement, the implant is allowed to heal for several months, and since it is biocompatible, the implant integrates securely with the bone and tissue surrounding it.
After the implant heals, we have numerous options for replacing the visible, functioning part of the tooth. Depending on your needs, you can choose a single crown, a dental bridge, and a full or partial denture that will allow you to eat, speak, and smile confidently again.
Dental Implants in Glendale, CA
If you are dealing with tooth loss and would like to know if you are a good candidate for a dental implant, please call Lucio H. Kim, DDS. We will be happy to arrange an appointment so we can discuss your concerns and help you find the most appropriate solution.