“I honestly don’t know what happened,” Drew said. “I try to take good care of my teeth. I brush and floss and eat a reasonably healthy diet. But one day, I was eating a salad and my tooth crunched on something – maybe a walnut? – and it just crumbled. I mean, it was gone.” The tooth Drew lost was right next to his front teeth. “It’s very noticeable when I smile,” Drew said, “and I’m a guy who smiles a lot. But now I know people are seeing where my tooth used to be, and it makes me feel uncomfortable. What can be done for a missing tooth?”
Having a tooth missing can impact your life in several ways. Depending on the position of the missing tooth, its absence can impact your ability to chew or speak the way you used to. Additionally, the absence of a tooth can deal a real blow to a person’s self image and confidence. This is particularly true for people who are in professions where appearance really matters – think anything where you have to deal with the public or other people – as well as people who are in the dating scene trying to meet their special someone.
Dental implants are one way to address a missing tooth. Dental implants are permanent. They stay in your mouth all of the time, and don’t get taken out at night the way dentures do. Because they are fixed in position, you don’t have to worry about dental implants being loose or uncomfortable the way dentures can be. You do have to visit your South Shore dentist for dental implants. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, or two or three missing teeth that are adjacent to each other.
Dental implants may be covered by your dental insurance. The best way to find out for sure if your insurance will pay for a particular dental treatment is to check with your workplace benefits coordinator or insurance provider. If you need any additional information, our Quincy dental practice will be happy to provide that for you.