Some dental problems are worse than others. Having a chipped tooth or some discoloration might make you self-conscious, but your teeth are still functional. When you have a problem, like a missing tooth, that makes it difficult for you to perform daily functions, you want to find a solution fast!
Having a hard time chewing due to missing teeth or slippery dentures are some of those problems that no one should have to deal with for very long, yet we see patients who have been living that way for years! Regardless of your circumstances, we have solutions with dental implants.
When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth have to do not only their own work but also that of the missing teeth. The remaining teeth become overstressed, and eventually, their condition deteriorates as well. Additionally, your quality of life is diminished. You cannot chew as comfortably, so you start to avoid certain foods you used to enjoy, which affects your nutritional needs. In fact, the Mayo Clinic predicts that patients who wear full dentures can lose about 10 years off their life in large part because of the lack of proper nutrition!
Furthermore, the teeth surrounding the space may start to tilt. The remaining teeth in the opposing jaw may also begin to grow out of the bone. Finally, missing teeth lead to an unpleasant, dysfunctional smile. Missing teeth need to be replaced, but how?
Options for replacing teeth include removable appliances, fixed bridges, and implants. What is the right option? Factors to consider are not only which option has the greatest likelihood of long-term success, but also which option creates the function, comfort, and confidence you want and deserve.
Removable appliances such as dentures and removable partials are often the quickest and cheapest in the short-term. However, they do have significant long-term limitations and risks. Teeth that hold removable partials often become loose and have to be extracted. The bone underneath a partial is lost, making it more difficult to wear the appliance.
Additionally, if you wish to get implants in the future, more complex procedures may be required to rebuild the bone lost under the partial before the implant is placed. Finally, those solutions are just downright uncomfortable!
Dental implants are a safe and effective way to replace lost teeth. The process is simple and starts with a call to our office for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Dr. Komarnyckyj will meet with you and do a thorough examination of your mouth and review your medical history. He will also review your dental X-rays to make sure he has a complete picture of your dental health. Additionally, he will take the time you need to answer all your questions regarding the treatment.
Most patients find the implant placement much easier than they anticipated. The comment we hear most frequently is, “If I had known it was going to be so easy, I would have done this much sooner!”
Nature gave us two sets of teeth – dental implants give us the opportunity for a third. Don’t live your life in discomfort and embarrassment due to missing teeth. Contact us today to learn what is the best choice for you! Call us at 602-842-6841 or reach out through our online form. We would love to hear from you very soon!
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