3 Signs You Need a Dental Implant

Your smile speaks volumes about your personality and confidence level. But if you have missing teeth or badly damaged teeth, you probably haven’t done much smiling lately. At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot firmly believe that everyone deserves a beautiful, complete smile.

“Many of our patients come to us after months or years of delaying getting dental care. They’re surprised to learn just how affordable and customizable dental implants truly are,” says Dr. Nick. “And with our IV sedation services, it’s easy for even the most anxious patient to get implants placed,” adds Dr. Elliot.

1. You’ve lost a tooth or are expecting to have one extracted

If you’ve lost a tooth, it’s important to seek dental treatment as soon as possible. Not only is a missing tooth problematic for the appearance of your smile, but it can also compromise your health. Your teeth do much more than bite, chew, and maintain facial symmetry. Every time you chew, the gentle pressure on your teeth stimulates the underlying jaw bone. In response, the body creates new bone mass, which is an essential process for preventing osteoporosis and reducing the risk of jaw bone fractures.

Because of the likelihood of bone loss, it’s preferable to have a dental implant placed in a timely manner after losing a tooth. This is why, if you’re expecting to have a tooth extracted due to advanced disease or significant damage, it’s a good idea to begin planning your dental implant procedures ahead of time.

2. You’re self-conscious about your smile

Your health is an investment, but your confidence in your appearance is also important for your quality of life. If you’re doing your best not to smile or laugh, or if you’re constantly covering your mouth with your hand, it’s time to talk to a cosmetic dentist about getting dental implants. Your new teeth will look just like natural teeth. They’ll be shaped and shaded to suit your smile perfectly, which means no one will be able to tell that not all of your teeth are natural. After receiving their dental implants, patients typically find that they are able to relax and feel free to be themselves in social settings.

3. Your dentures are inconvenient or ill-fitting

Dentures are a common choice for people with tooth loss, particularly if they have multiple missing teeth. They may work well for some people, but many find that dentures are uncomfortable and, sometimes, embarrassing. They can slip out of place and it’s difficult to eat hard, sticky, or chewy foods with dentures. Plus, denture wearers often find they are inconvenient, as they need to be removed and cleaned separately. If you’re experiencing these problems with your dentures, it’s time to reclaim your health and quality of life, and talk to a cosmetic dentist about getting dental implants.

Visit a cosmetic dentist on Long Island

Dental implant placement is a delicate procedure that requires considerable skill and extensive experience. That’s why so many dental implant patients on Long Island turn to Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Both are Fellows of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and Associate Fellows of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. If you’re considering dental implants on Long Island, give us a call today and let us design a personalized cosmetic dentistry treatment plan that’s right for you.

Additional Sources

  1. U.S. News & World Report, Indications You May Need a Dental Implant, http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2015/11/16/indications-you-may-need-a-dental-implant
  2. American Dental Association, Implants, http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/i/implants

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