When Dental Implants are the Best Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth

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Adults have 32 permanent teeth. Many of us will likely lose some by the time we’re nearing middle age. In fact, according to Harvard Health, the average American loses 12 teeth by the time they’re 50. We live in a world where getting a permanent fix for a lost tooth is easy and affordable.

Dr. Norman Coates, at Dentistry Optimized in Grove Heights, Minnesota, is an expert oral surgeon. He specializes in restorative care using state-of-the-art technology. His compassionate reputation makes dental implants an easy choice.

Why you should replace a missing tooth

You do, of course, have the option to not replace a missing tooth. However, there are many reasons you should consider a dental implant. An implant will be the most natural-looking solution. The replacement tooth will look just like your original tooth, and it can last for the rest of your life. Plus, its affordability makes a dental implant the most economical choice. It’s the perfect long-term solution to a lost tooth.

If you’re someone who doesn’t look forward to taking dentures out and cleaning them every evening, the implant is the way to go. This permanent solution is better than a denture replacement if you’re worried about your teeth slipping or clicking when you’re kissing, talking, eating, or laughing. A permanent dental implant gives you peace of mind.

Most importantly, if you don’t replace a missing tooth, there are more than aesthetic consequences. Yes, it can improve your appearance, but a dental implant also provides enhanced comfort and self-esteem. Lastly, it’s essential to replace missing teeth because it improves your overall health.

How does a dental implant work?

A dental implant creates a foundation for a replacement tooth. Dr. Coates mounts a metal post into either your upper or lower jaw, and this acts as a new tooth root. Then, the new replacement tooth is attached to the metal post implant. This creates a permanent fix for your missing tooth.

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, dental implant surgery is one of the safest procedures in dentistry. In fact, three million Americans have dental implants and that number increases by 500,000 every year.

Dr. Coates begins by examining your overall oral health and taking X-rays. He creates a specialized plan for your dental implant to make sure oral surgery is a success. After your initial consultation, the metal post is implanted into your jaw.

Everyone has a different experience, but most patients return to work or school the very next day. Your implant bonds with your jawbone over the following few weeks, and then your custom-made tooth is inserted. You’ll have regular follow-up checkups with Dr. Coates to ensure everything is progressing as it should.

If you have missing teeth, or if you’re tired of using dentures, a dental implant is a great solution. Call us at Dentistry Optimized to make an appointment today, or use our convenient online scheduling tool.