Have you ever wondered why it is that you can sometimes get a good idea of what something is by defining what it isn’t?
A good example would be the weather: Now that summer is almost upon us, any day that isn’t scorching hot can be considered a nice day.
Another example – perhaps about a more sensitive subject – would be your smile. A smile with missing teeth is an unsightly smile, and is ripe for negative comments and unwanted stares from strangers.
Indeed, defining something by what it is not is something people do all the time, yet when it comes to a smile with one or more missing teeth, then you will find out the hard way that what’s missing is more than just teeth: It’s your self-confidence, your pride in your appearance, and even how intelligent people perceive you.
It’s superficial, but sadly it is just the way people work. No one will care if your remaining teeth are white and healthy-looking because they will be too busy noticing the ones that aren’t there. In this way, a smile with missing teeth can never truly be more than just a smile with missing teeth.
Unfortunately, there is little to stop a smile with missing teeth from becoming something much, much less. In fact, missing teeth can put what is left of your smile at a greater risk for a number of smile-destroying conditions, including:
- Crooked or “drifting” teeth
- Gum disease, fungal disease, and other infections
- Loss of jaw bone density
- Tooth decay
- And many, many more
Just one of these issues will be enough to drag your smile down even further
than where it already is, and it will be a matter of time before you’re facing
an expensive corrective or emergency procedure to deal with the fallout.
Of course, that’s what will happen if you don’t act now and let your St. John dentist restore function and allure back to your smile with dental implants!
Getting A Grip On Your Smile
Dental implants are the ideal way to literally restore missing teeth and get a smile that’s on its last leg back in the race, so to speak.
You will be able to chew, speak, and even smile with the kind of “take it for granted” confidence that most people with healthy smiles have – but you’ll be able to appreciate it more because you know what it’s like to wish for something that you don’t currently have.
Dental implants are a perfect way for most patients to have the smile they’ve always wanted by replacing a missing tooth (or even severely damaged or broken teeth) with an unbelievably strong artificial implant.
What’s A Dental Implant?
I was just getting to that! Quite simply, a dental implant is like an artificial root made from titanium that is carefully inserted into the jaw line. This procedure is the only invasive part of getting your smile back on track, and can be performed with anesthesia so you won’t feel any pain.
The implants are placed wherever they need to be, whether that’s just one implant to replace that missing molar, or a set of four to secure a pair of brand new, glistening dentures. They are as versatile as they are sturdy, and will form the backbone of your new smile no matter which procedure you need.
I am confident that this combination of strength and flexibility will be perfect for your smile!
A Galaxy of Cosmetic Dentistry Options
Once you’ve received your new implant or implants, then major possibilities begin to open up for your smile.
The implant is just one half of the equation; the other is selecting the appropriate cosmetic dentistry procedure to finish the job.
For instance, if you’ve received one implant, then I will likely recommend a gorgeous new crown fashioned from either porcelain or zirconium (which material is best for your smile’s needs). The crown will fit on top of the implant and will be virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Or let’s say you’re at the other end of the spectrum, and you’ve lost most or all of your teeth. A series of implants later, and I can install a brand new set of dentures or a series of porcelain dental bridges to bring functionality and beauty back to your smile.
The right option is always the one that’s best for you, and my passion is making that happen for all of my patients, especially you.
Take That Next Step
You don’t have to put up with being defined by what you lack anymore, because a dental implant can give you and your smile what you’ve been missing all along.
To make your appointment, please call me at 219-322-9920, or fill out this simple web form to make your appointment online.
Creating Smiles, PC, located in St. John and Valparaiso, Indiana, offers everything you need for a healthy smile and a healthier life. Dr. Kapers and his team can take the anxiety and uncertainty out of dental visits with sedation dentistry, and we're the premier provider of dental implants in the region.