A question that often comes up while treating or talking to cosmetic dentistry patients is “when is a good time to start thinking about a dental implant?” Damaged or missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious when talking to others, smiling or even just eating. Nowadays, however, dental implants can serve as replacement teeth, which work great and look as natural as the real thing.
What is a dental implant?
A simple definition, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, is that an implant is an “artificial tooth root" surgically placed in your mouth. Dental implants replace missing teeth with durable alternatives that look exactly like natural teeth.
The first step involves installing the implant itself and then, after the gum has healed, a dental crown is attached to the end of the dental implant to replace the original tooth.
If you are missing teeth for whatever reason, your jawbone recedes. Unless tooth roots are there to stimulate the bone, it continues to shrivel away. Bone loss is a painless and silent process, so you may think it's not happening to you. Nevertheless, for those with missing teeth, dental implants are the best option available to maintain your dental and overall health.
Common causes that require a dental implant
Aside from what has already been mentioned, other situations that might require a dental implant include:
- Securing a denture or dental bridge, resulting in a more comfortable experience.
- Helping a patient restore a confident healthy smile.
- Resolving bite problems or joint pain caused by teeth shifting.
- Avoiding adjacent teeth from moving to an area with missing teeth.
Most dentists, including us, agree that healthy teeth are not just a luxury, but a necessity. Teeth are one of the first things we see when looking at another person’s face. A healthy smile will not only allow you to feel more confident with your personal appearance, but with your personality too! When people are confident about themselves everything changes, you feel more secure, you tend to have better interpersonal relationships, and even help you get the job you always wanted.
Meza Dental Care is one of the only dental clinics in Costa Rica with an on-site dental laboratory. An on-site dental laboratory means that any crowns, bridges and implants are being fabricated with the best of the equipment available, while paying attention to details we can make sure that everything we create follows the highest standards and quality controls. Much better than if they were sent out to be made. It also allows us to maintain stricter quality control. So if you’re considering a dental implant or need a procedure, click here to contact us.