Although some greeting cards find humor in a toothless smile, anyone suffering from tooth loss will tell you that living life without teeth is no laughing matter: Chewing food is difficult or virtually impossible, wreaking havoc with the digestive system. Consequently, the inability to consume a healthy variety of foods results in poor nutrition, poor health, and a shortened lifespan. Making matters worse, the facial collapse caused by missing teeth significantly ages a person’s appearance. Therefore, an individual’s inability to go out in public feeling self assured, enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or smile and laugh without embarrassment dramatically diminishes the quality of life. In the past, lost teeth could only be replaced with dentures, but most denture wearers are not happy with this type of tooth replacement for a variety of reasons. Once teeth are lost, the jawbone degenerates continuously and can become completely flat, which makes it almost impossible to successfully wear a denture. Thanks to technological advances in modern dentistry, however, denture wearers can now say good-bye to the frustrations and discomforts associated with wearing dentures: Dental implants can be placed in the jawbone, to which a row of teeth can be attached, which will look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants provide stimulation to the bone that was previously provided by the natural teeth. Therefore, they help maintain or restore a youthful facial structure. The result: improved oral and overall health, nor more speech impediments, no foreign substance covering the roof of the mouth, allowing full enjoyment of the taste and textures of all foods. Imagine eating corn on cob again and biting into an apple! The number of implants required varies from patient to patient. In order to determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants, a CT-scan is needed to evaluate bone loss and bone density. Dr. Grubb is a general dentist and a recognized expert in implant dentistry.
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