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Think You're Fine With A Missing Tooth? Consider These Benefits Of Implants

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Do you have a missing tooth that you've just been ignoring? Many people make the mistake of thinking they're too good for dental implants – they'll just go on living without that tooth because, after all, they have a whole mouth full of other ones. Unfortunately, this is a decision that people tend to regret several years down the road. Before you say "no" to an implant, make sure you carefully consider these benefits:

An implant will keep your other teeth from shifting.

If you just leave the gap in your mouth alone, your other teeth will slowly shift into the gap. This can lead to dental misalignments that put more pressure on your teeth, leaving them prone to cracks and chips. Of course, your shifted teeth won't be as straight and beautiful, either. Once your teeth have shifted into the space, it will be much harder (if not impossible) to have a dental implant inserted, so doing it now is really the best choice.

A single implant now may keep you from needing multiple implants or dentures later.

There's a chance that as your teeth shift into the empty space, they will become so weak that you lose them. This is especially likely if the teeth near the gap are already filled or have already been capped. If you lose them, too, you'll need several implants or to wear dentures. Isn't it easier to just get one implant now, when you're only missing one tooth?

You'll have an easier time eating with an implant.

Are you tired of avoiding crunchy foods because they're harder to bite now that you're missing a tooth? This may not seem like a big problem in the short-term, but imagine avoiding your favorite crunchy foods for the rest of your life. With a dental implant, you'll be able to eat everything you used to enjoy with a full mouth of natural teeth. Dental implants look and feel just like real teeth once they're healed. Nobody will ever know the difference, and you never have to say "no" to that steak, apple, or mixed nut snack again.

Having dental implants inserted in your jaw is a surgical procedure, so it's normal to be a little apprehensive. Don't let your nervousness keep you from making this good choice for your future dental health. Implant surgery is quite common and has a 98% success rate, so you really don't have much to fear.  Weigh the benefits above against your fear and nervousness, and talk to your dentist if you have additional concerns. To learn more about dental implants, contact someone like Greeley Dental Health.