When you develop gaps in your smile due to missing teeth, the temptation is there to stop sharing it with the outside world at all. This hit to your self-confidence can often be difficult to overcome. Yet you should know that you are not alone; the American College of Prosthodontists reports that as many as 120 million American adults are missing at least one tooth. You are also not without treatment options, some of which may be more effective than others.
Dealing with Dentures
For years, dentures and replacement bridges were the primary options when it came to replacing missing teeth. While these treatments can help you to project a healthier smile, they also come with some inherent challenges in terms of their upkeep. First off, their care differs from that of regular teeth, forcing you to buy specialty products in order to maintain them. Plus, talking, eating or any activities that require the extensive movement of your jaw can cause them to come loose from their supporting gum adhesive. Because of this, you are often required to adopt certain dietary restrictions when using them. Finally, changes in your gums and jawbone structure (combined with regular use) require you to replace them every 8-10 years.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants in Nashville, TN offer an effective solution to each one of the issues dentures force you to deal with, such as:
· They can be cared for just as you would your normal teeth
· The strong bond between the crowns and implants themselves (as well as between the implants and your jawbone) do not force you to change your diet
· The implants prevent gum and jawbone deterioration by stimulating the growth of new healthy bone
Each of these advantages contributes to implants lasting for decades (with the proper care). On top of it all, they look and function just like real teeth.
Compared side-by-side, it is easy to see why so many view dental implants as being a more effective option than dentures and bridges when it comes to treating tooth loss. Yet not every dentist in Nashville can offer you such treatment. Fortunately, Drs. Pace and the rest of our staff here at Belle Meade Family Dentistry can help you deal with every aspect of this procedure, from preparing and delivering the treatment itself to discussing your payment options. Call and schedule a consultation appointment today.
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