What kind of shape are your teeth in right now – are they all intact and healthy? If so you’re in a good place, but statistics don’t support the continued invincibility of your smile. By age 60 about 25 percent of adults have no remaining teeth, and those that do have usually lost at least one.
Think about your smile ten years in the future – do you think it will be in good shape, or are you predicting that your golden years will be filled with tooth loss, discomfort, and a desperate search for a solution? At New Albany Implants we focus is patients just like you: those worried about the future of their mouths and their oral health.
What Does The Future Of Your Smile Hold?
When people lose a tooth they don’t generally consider the effect it has on the teeth around it, but make no mistake: tooth loss doesn’t stop with just one. It doesn’t matter what caused you to lose that first tooth; it unleashes a domino effect of loss that won’t stop until every single tooth is gone.
Think of a brick archway: each of those bricks is essential in maintaining the stability of the whole arch. Take out a single brick and the arch will either partially collapse or give out completely. Your dental arches are a lot like that, and even look similar if you view them from above. When one tooth is lost it triggers problems for all the other ones because the stability that was there is gone.
The bone that supports your teeth is tough, but without a tooth there to keep it healthy it is quickly reabsorbed by your body. As bone shrinks the neighboring teeth don’t have the support that they used to, and one by one they start losing their place in your mouth. Your body is trying to correct for the lost tooth, but it’s never able to fully recover. Eventually those shifting teeth are lost and the whole process starts all over again.
How Do You Plan To Restore Your Smile?
The loss of a single tooth triggers a lot of anxiety about the future. You don’t look right anymore, you don’t have the confidence you used to, and the health of your mouth becomes a daily concern.
Most people react to tooth loss by thinking about a bridge or, in advanced cases, dentures. Both of these systems can replace lost teeth, but how well do they work in the long term?
Bridges can make a lost tooth invisible, but there’s a big problem as they age: they don’t prevent bone loss. The longer you wear a bridge the greater the chance that you’re going to have to replace it with something else as you get older. That something else is frequently dentures.
Anyone who’s worn dentures, whether partial or full, can tell you how much of a hassle it is. They don’t stay put, they’re uncomfortable, they irritate your gums, and you can’t maintain a good, healthy diet. Years of wearing dentures leaves many people wishing they had another option – do you want to be in that position as you age?
How To Get A Positive 10 Year Outlook
At New Albany Implants you can probably guess what we focus in: dental implants. We use implants to replace individual lost teeth, partial dentures, and even complete dentures with amazing precision. Implants restore nearly 100 percent of your natural chewing capacity, making them the most advanced method of tooth replacement available today.
Implants also stop bone reabsorption due to tooth loss, making them the ideal solution for the loss of a single tooth. If you were to get an implant after the loss of one tooth you’d probably never lose one again!
Implant patients are pretty pleased with their results, too. Study after study shows that almost all patients are happy with their implants. They find that they’re easy to clean, easy to keep healthy, and well worth the cost of surgery, healing, and restoration.
We’ll Craft The Perfect Solution For You
Ten years is a long time, and a lot can go wrong in your mouth between now and then. If you even get the slightest feeling of fear when you think about your dental future you owe it to yourself to consider the dental implant solution.
Call our New Albany office today to set up a no-pressure consultation. We’ll show you your options and craft a treatment plan that will explain everything you need in clear, easy-to-understand language. You can reach us at (812) 945-7645 or you can request an appointment online. We look forward to seeing you!