The odometer on your smile is running pretty high these days.
Sometimes, it feels like your teeth have clocked a few hundred thousands miles of wear, tear, and general abuse. More often, however, it doesn’t just feel that way: It looks that way.
Your smile looks like it has certainly been around the block, but the experience that’s supposed to come with it doesn’t translate well to your teeth and gums. Instead of reflecting a life well-lived, however, they are more than a little hard on the eyes.
Your worn, eroded teeth are costing you quite a bit. Achieving intimacy, meeting new friends, carrying yourself with confidence at work or in the boardroom, or perhaps just simply knowing that your smile is healthy and free from disease – these are just a few of the kinds of challenges to your self-esteem that your smile regularly poses. It’s exhausting, isn’t it?
So exhausting, that you might be feeling too tired to fight back, or to do anything about it. Of course, if that’s how you really feel, then those challenges described above will become impossible tasks.
Even worse, it won’t be just your self-esteem that continues to suffer. Simply put, bad teeth cause bad problems within your smile. Weakened, cracked, damaged, or outright missing teeth can invite a host of disasters to your smile if untreated. Those problems can be anything from infections of the gum, tooth decay, losing more teeth, or even having your remaining teeth “drift” out of place as a result of currently missing teeth.
You don’t have to rely on dentures to replace teeth that are so badly damaged that the best result is to replace them entirely, because even traditional dentures carry with them their own sets of challenges and problems, not the least of which is making sure they don’t slip out of place!
No, what you really need is a dental implant to restore health where there was only ruin, and to rejuvenate the appearance of your smile by leaps and bounds.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
A dental implant is kind of like the foundation of a building. It’s an artificial root that can replace natural roots that have become so badly damaged or infected that it has become virtually impossible for it to support a healthy tooth on top of it.
Made from a titanium alloy, which is among the strongest materials known to humankind, the implant will be installed into the gum itself after an evaluation in my Kennewick office to make sure that your jaw can support it. If not, don’t worry, because I can use mini-dental implants to achieve the same effect and without the need for a painful bone grafting procedure.
The time it will take to install your new dental implants will depend on how many need to be installed. All the while, your mouth will be treated with a local anesthetic to prevent any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
Once that’s finished, the hard part is out of the way. Then you can start planning the cosmetic dentistry phase of dental implant treatment.
A World Options Opens Before You
Just as a foundation is the first step in building in any structure, the final steps involve actually constructing the building itself.
And as far as your smile goes, I can offer you a number of different options that will be placed over the implant to create an artificial tooth (or teeth, as the case may be) that is stronger, more attractive, and more beneficial to your oral health than the tooth which came before it.
Just to give you an idea of what I’m talking about, let’s say you had one implant placed. I would recommend a beautiful porcelain crown (an artificial copy of the top portion of your tooth) to be secured over the implant. Or let’s say you had a few missing teeth pulled. Then I would recommend a series of crowns, known as a bridge, that are connected and attached to the implants, which serve as “anchors.” Either way, and no matter your needs, a dental implant will open up a host of new options for enhancing your smile beyond its original state!
There’s only one thing left for you to do: Seek treatment. Otherwise, your smile will keep suffering, and the work you need done will only become greater.
To make your appointment with me, please call 509-591-0515, or click here to request an appointment through this website.
We can rest the odometer on your smile, and kick it into high gear, with a set of dental implants!