We live in a culture that puts an unfortunate amount of emphasis on physical appearance. From head to toe we are judged by others each day, but we also allow our own judgements to have an effect on our self-esteem. One thing in particular can cause someone to feel insecure is lacking confidence in their smile. Having missing teeth or discolored teeth can cause someone to hide their smile, and smiling has a major impact on your overall wellbeing. Not to worry, there is a solution.
What are Dental Implants?
In 1952 an orthopedic surgeon was studying how bone healed by placing a titanium cylinder into the bone. When he tried to remove the cylinder, he had discovered that it had fused with the bone. This is called osseointegration (“osseo” – bone; “integration” – fusion or joining with). This discovery is how the procedure of dental implants came about.
A titanium screw is implanted into the jawbone, which then fuses with the bone and becomes permanent. Then a tooth-shaped “cap” is placed on top of the screw to fill in the space of the missing tooth. They look completely natural and are almost impossible to discern from your original teeth.
5 Ways Dental Implants Can Restore Your Confidence
Dental implants offer support to the surrounding teeth in the mouth, which lessens the bearing load on them, giving you a solid teeth structure, and improves overall oral health.
2- Preservation of Natural-Healthy Tissue
Procedures, such as dental bridges and implants are beneficial to the preservation of the natural tissue that surrounds your remaining teeth. This will allow you to avoid potential tooth loss of existing teeth.
3- Strengthen Bone Structure
Having missing teeth causes the jawbone to deteriorate. This is the reason for the “sunken face” look that happens when people lose their teeth. Dental implants replace the missing structure that connects the tooth and jawbone, which strengthens the bone and reduces structural decline.
4- Long-Term Solution
Many dental treatments are temporary or require replacement after a short amount of time, but dental implants are a long-term solution for someone who is missing multiple teeth. In fact, they can be a permanent solution with proper care.
5- Speech and Bite Improvement
Gaps and missing teeth can lead to problems with the enunciation of words and cause chewing and bite issues. Dental implants can help you speak with ease and enjoy all your favorite foods without difficulty chewing.
Perhaps dental implants are not necessary to improve you smile, but a little help making them sparkling white can give you the confidence you long for. There are two ways to brighten your smile through teeth whitening:
1- In Office
This procedure uses a bleaching solution that is stronger than “at home” bleach. Using a light or heat source, and being carefully supervised by a professional, this form of teeth whitening is powerful and allows a patient to see results quickly.
2- At Home
This procedure is also extremely effective, but is less intense and done in the comfort of your own home. Trays are made to have an exact fit to your teeth, a less intense bleaching solution is applied to the trays, and they are worn at your convenience (usually while you sleep). Maximum whitening may take up to 3 weeks with at-home teeth whitening.
Whether you need dental implants or looking to improve the color of your teeth, both can be great ways to boost your confidence and improve self-esteem. Contact our office today and start your journey on the path to find the smile you’ve always dreamed of.