Having a full smile is important for three reasons. The first is for your health. Missing teeth give plaque and bacteria extra places to accumulate and breed, which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. The second is functionality. A complete set of teeth will allow you to speak clearly and to chew your food properly. The third reason is cosmetic. If you have missing or unsightly teeth, you might feel self-conscious in professional and social situations.
To remedy this problem, our general dentists, Dr. Brian J. Hockel and Dr. Rebecca Jardine, may suggest that you replace your missing teeth with dental implants. Implants are a great solution for fixing the gaps in your grin. They are placed directly into your jaw bone which strengthens the jaw and helps to keep your implant sturdy. They can be brushed and flossed just as you would your natural teeth and require no special care. If you take proper care of your implant, it can last you the rest of your life.
However, not everyone may be a good candidate for dental implants. If you do not have healthy gums or enough jaw bone to support your implant, the dentist may suggest a gum or bone graft, or a different tooth replacement option. Dental implants require surgery, and if you have hemophilia, or diabetes, or immune system problems, your dentist may suggest that you choose another way to fill out your smile. If you grind your teeth, implants may not be for you. Implants also require a commitment to good dental health, so in order to become or remain a good candidate for dental implants, please plan on following your dentist’s instructions, and brushing and flossing on a regular basis.
If you would like to investigate whether dental implants are right for your situation, come see us in our office in beautiful Walnut Creek, California! Call 925-478-7776 today to schedule your appointment at Life Dental & Orthodontics. We’ll be happy to evaluate your dental situation and make a recommendation to improve your smile, whether with dental implants or another restorative, orthodontic, or cosmetic option.