If you have one or more missing teeth, it can be stressful, both mentally and physically. It doesn’t matter if you’re missing a molar, incisor, or front tooth; the difficulties with eating and speaking can be palpable. The same goes for the mental health toll. Many people who are missing teeth are very embarrassed or even ashamed of the state of their oral health. It can be difficult to get up the courage to go to the dentist and discuss your options. Let’s have a look at some dentist and patient recommended options.
How to Know When You are Ready for Dental Implant Surgery
There are a few signs that you are ready for a new smile. Missing a tooth is something only a dentist can remedy, but it’s up to you to start the process with a simple dental appointment. People have been known to do all sorts of things to hide their missing teeth. If you are doing any one of these, you are ready for a dental implant:
- Change your smile to avoid showing teeth. Patients have changed a nice smile to a smirk or even limit how much they laugh or how they smile to avoid anyone seeing a missing tooth or teeth.
- Avoid face-to-face interactions. If you are avoiding crowds or job interviews because you’re missing teeth, you’re ready for a change.
- Skip seeing friends and family. If your embarrassment in missing teeth is preventing you from comfortably visiting with friends or family, it is time for a change.
- Changing your diet to avoid certain foods. If you cannot comfortably eat a full and complete diet due to missing teeth, you’re ready.
- Become anti-social. Patients have shut themselves off from most social interactions due to missing teeth.
But the reason does not have to be this extreme either. Missing teeth can indeed be a drag mentally and physically, but if you are missing teeth it can just be annoying and a bother.
Missing Teeth are Replaceable
The takeaway should be that needing a tooth extracted or having a bad cavity that rots your tooth away is not the end of the line. Dentistry has come a long way and dental implant procedures have gotten better with advances in dental technology over the past 20 years. A missing tooth can be replaced with a permanent tooth as opposed to a temporary crown. Talking to your dentist about dental implants and their costs is the best place to start.
We specialize in all forms of preventative and cosmetic dentistry, helping over 4,000 patients each calendar year. We offer financing and take insurance, so please give us a call and let’s get started today.