Missing teeth are truly a hassle. They make it difficult for you to chew the foods you enjoy, they can affect the sound of your speech, and they have a dramatic impact on the way people perceive you. We live in a society where first impressions matter and we are judged heavily on our appearance. Many people associate missing teeth with lower intelligence or poor hygiene, and while these judgments are unfair and untrue, unfortunately, they stick.
At Summercrest Dental, we want you to feel happy and confident when you smile. Your smile should highlight your good qualities, not cause people to make unfair assumptions.
Why Dental Implants?
Dental implants are quickly becoming the gold standard when it comes to replacing missing teeth, and it’s easy to see why. Through implants, art and science have combined to create a beautiful and functional replica of natural teeth.
Implants don’t just look good. They also restore the relationship that exists between the roots of your teeth and the health of your jaw bone. This relationship helps to maintain the quality of your jaw bone, and when you lose a tooth, your bone can shrink, leading to changes in the shape of your face and increasing the risk of further tooth loss.
The dental implant works in the same way as the roots of your teeth, which allows the maintenance process to continue.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant comes in two basic parts – the implant itself and the restoration that completes your smile. The implant, a small post made of a biocompatible metal, is placed surgically in your jaw.
After the area heals, Overland Park dentist Dr. Daniel Gilstrap will create a customized restoration, like a crown or a bridge, that blends in with your other teeth. It’s highly unlikely that anyone will be able to tell the difference between your implant and your other teeth.
How Do I Get Dental Implants?
To find out if you are a candidate for implants, please call our Overland Park dental office and request a dental implant consultation. Dr. Gilstrap will perform a thorough examination and evaluation and then discuss both his findings and your own personal needs and goals to see if dental implants are the right option for you.
Most people with missing teeth can benefit from dental implants, but there are some cases when implants are not the best solution. If this is true for you, we will look at other options that can help you have an attractive, functional, and complete smile.
If you’re ready to find out more about dental implants, please call Summercrest Dental today to schedule your consultation and get started.