Not everyone is fortunate enough to have all of their teeth. In fact, millions of people around the country suffer from tooth loss due to a variety of reasons, including:
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) estimates that around 35 million people are missing all of their teeth in one or both jaws. This often leaves people feeling self-conscious — even ashamed. They may avoid certain social situations for fear of having to smile.
Here at Palmieri Dentistry, we can help you. My name is Roberto Palmieri, DMD, and I understand that missing teeth can make a person feel less confident about themselves and may even make them feel as though they can’t do the things that other people do. By installing dental implants, I can help you get your confidence back and start fresh in life.
One of the great things about dental technology is that it’s always improving. Even though dentures and bridges have been treating missing teeth quite successfully for many years, modern dental implants represent an excellent treatment option that many people are discovering. According to the AAID, the number of people getting dental implants is growing by half a million every year.
So what are dental implants and how do they work? Dental implants replace tooth roots and have a prosthetic bonded to them that looks just like a natural tooth. The treatment is a two-step process that involves anchoring a post into the jaw where the tooth root would normally be.
Once the gum and bone begins to grow around it, the second step is to bond a prosthetic tooth to the post.
As an experienced dental professional, I understand that many people are concerned about the need for a treatment like this. After all, why not just opt for dentures or bridges instead of dental implants?
Perhaps one of the best reasons to have dental implants is their track record: a 98 percent success rate. Not convinced? Here are some of the other great benefits of getting dental implants:
Dental implant prosthetics closely match your existing teeth in position and color, and because they’re bonded to a post that sits within the jawbone, they function just like normal teeth. In fact, no one will ever know you have dental implants unless you tell them.
With proper care and cleaning, dental implants can last for a very long time. People even tend to forget they have implants because they look, function, and feel so much like normal teeth.
One of the best things about dental implants is that other teeth aren’t affected. No other teeth need to be reduced or extracted.
One of the other challenges for people who have missing teeth is that the gaps allow other teeth to move out of alignment. Bone deterioration will also often occur if missing teeth are left untreated.
By installing dental implants, tooth movement and bone deterioration are prevented, thus improving overall health and appearance. In fact, many people find that their jaw profile is improved because of their dental implants.
If you have one or more missing teeth and you don’t like how you look and how it makes you feel, let me help you here at Palmieri Dentistry. Simply book online through our convenient portal, or phone us at 704-247-6336. Your new life can start sooner than you think!