Your smile has a large impact on how people treat you. If you have a healthy and happy smile, people will treat you in a kind and respectful way. However, if you have a smile that is full of missing teeth, crooked teeth or stained teeth, people may not respond so favorably to you. Business professionals have seen firsthand how their clients react differently to them, depending on the appearance of their smile.
Individuals who have had cosmetic procedures to improve the look of their smile also comment on how surprised they are at how much easier it is for them to start and maintain romantic relationships after they have improved their smile.
Of course, part of this stems from the fact that when a person has a healthy smile, they feel more confident about themselves and that confidence is attractive to others. But what can you do if you have a missing tooth? Well, over the past 25 years, dentistry has improved drastically. Dental implants have gone from being an experimental medical procedure to something that has been perfected to a science.
Dental implants have improved not only in the quality of the implant itself but also in how well dentists understand the way the mouth reacts to dental implants and the best way to install them. Installing a dental implant requires someone to be an expert in both planning and in surgery. Since the implanted tooth is both functional and aesthetic, the dental professional must have a strong medical background, but they also must have an eye for what looks good.
At its most basic, a dental implant is a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. In a natural tooth, the root is what secures the tooth to the jaw. This root is not visible. What is visible is the natural crown of the tooth. With a dental implant, the root is replaced by a titanium screw. Interestingly, titanium is a metal that is biocompatible. This means that if titanium is inserted into the jaw, the body will not reject it.
Titanium is also used because it is exceptionally strong and is very light. Out of all of the implant surgeries that are performed, dental implants have the highest success rate.
Titanium has another interesting characteristic. It has the ability to fuse with the bone. So when a dental implant is installed, it actually helps to stabilize the bone, preventing bone loss. This, in turn, helps the jaw maintain its density and its shape. It helps the patient keep the same facial shape they had before. Dental implants make it easier for you to chew, smile and talk in a natural way. Dental implants can affect your social life, your psychological well-being and your physical well-being.
You may ask yourself if dental implants are right for you. The best way to answer that question is to discuss your dental situation with our experts at Chestnut Family Dentistry in Asheville. We will be able to determine the right procedure for you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.