It can be quite difficult to speak, eat and smile without feeling self-conscious when you have missing teeth. Every time you pass a mirror or laugh too hard at a funny joke, you’re reminded of the empty gaps in your mouth on display for the world to see. It’s a constant worry but it doesn’t have to be, and the door to your perfect smile could be unlocked!

Dental implants are a permanent and effective solution to missing tooth replacement, and the procedure has never been more accessible. Dentists are improving smiles all over the world with dental implants. Patients are quickly learning that a picture-perfect grin is just the beginning of how much dental implants can change your life.  

When you have a missing tooth, your entire mouth eventually begins to become affected by the vacant space. Initially, it becomes difficult to keep your mouth clean and healthy, harmful bacteria see the dark open space as the perfect place to set up shop. Those bacteria then cause tartar buildup and bad breath. If your missing tooth is a molar, you may begin to overwork the side of the mouth opposite the vacancy. Chewing primarily on one side of the mouth can cause strain on your teeth and jawbones, which can lead to those teeth becoming increasingly sensitive. Over time, this overuse results in jaw locking pain that can affect the overall symmetry of your face. The vacant space in your mouth can cause your other teeth to migrate, both latitudinally and longitudinally to fill the empty space. These shifting teeth can lead to the need for costly alignment procedures and even more dental work. Dental implants can save you from a host of dental issues, but your whole body will be grateful for the procedure!

Oral health has a huge impact on the rest of the body. We know that harmful bacteria can cause cavities,  gingivitis and other dental issues, but did you know that it can also negatively affect your heart and immune system? Studies have linked oral bacteria to heart disease, clogged arteries, and even strokes. Oral bacteria has also been known to cause an infection in your heart by traveling through your bloodstream called endocarditis. This bacteria can also affect those with diabetes maintain their blood sugar levels.  In addition, it can make the immune system weaker and the body more vulnerable to disease.

Can you remember your happy normal life before losing your teeth? If it has been awhile since then, it may be difficult to remember what it feels like to smile with confidence. A dental implant can return you to a worry free life,  where you aren’t nervous about what other think of the missing teeth.. If you’ve avoided dinners with friends or even getting up close and personal with your partner because you’re self-conscious about your teeth, you know how life-changing it would be to erase all of that worry! Getting a natural looking, carefully matched dental implant can not only boost your confidence, but keep you healthy as well.  

Every interaction you have with the public is punctuated with anxiety when you have missing teeth. Did they pass you up for that job or promotion because of your smile? Did that person you approached reject you because they were turned off by the missing spaces in your mouth? You want people’s first impression to be based on you and not your missing teeth. When you get your dental implant, you can start putting your best smile forward again and it may even improve both your professional and personal life.  

Sit down and ask yourself, what are my missing teeth holding me back from accomplishing?