Have Missing Teeth? Why You Should Consider Dental Implants

If you’re one of the more than 120 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth, chances are you’d like to have a full set of teeth to give you a natural, healthy smile. Missing teeth can also cause major health problems, so it’s vital to get them replaced. One of the best options for people in this situation are dental implants — they’re attractive, functional, and affordable. At Westlake Smile Studio, we’ve installed thousands of implants. Here are a few reasons you should consider them too.

Protect your health

A tooth may be small, but if you’re missing one or two, greater health problems can result. A missing tooth provides an entry point for bacteria into your body, which can cause infections and gum disease, and gum disease can lead to bigger problems such as heart disease and diabetes.

Teeth help stimulate a healthy jawbone as well — if teeth are missing, the jawbone may begin to change shape and lose mass. This can alter your appearance and cause your face to look much different.

Missing teeth can also cause your bite and smile to become misaligned. Once there’s an opening, the teeth next to the opening begin to shift, which affects the teeth next to them as well. This can lead to a crooked smile along with headaches and jaw pain. 

With dental implants, the potential for all of these problems is greatly reduced because you no longer have a missing tooth.

Live with confidence

Dental implants look, feel, and function just like regular teeth, so you can go about your life with confidence and ease. You no longer have to hide your smile because you’re embarrassed by that gap in your teeth, because dental implants help maintain your natural face shape and smile. You can brush and floss just as you always have, and you don’t have to worry about the clicking or slipping that often occurs with dentures when you talk or eat. Your speech is natural, and you can live as actively as you want — presumably while smiling!

Act like normal

You can be confident with your dental implants because they’re built to last. You don’t have to replace them every few years, like you do with dentures or other replacement options, so they’re a more affordable long-term solution. In fact, dental implants should last the rest of your life if you take care of them correctly. The implants completely blend in with your normal teeth so you don’t even have to think about them, which is perhaps the biggest benefit of all. Just live your life as normal.

At Westlake Smile Studio in Westlake Village, California, we provide expert dental care with caring and compassion. Dr. Mimi Theerathada is highly skilled with dental implants and would love to help solve your dental problems — and maybe just change your life! Please call or book an appointment online today. 

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