How To Know When You Need Dental Implants

First Class Dental Care specializes in providing the dental implants Sioux Falls area patients need for healthy, beautiful smiles. There are many reasons patients lose teeth and eventually need dental implants. Tooth decay, physical injury and gum disease are all factors that account for missing teeth. In addition, as we age, our bodies lose elasticity and even our gums begin to shrink, causing teeth to become loose and fall out. Fortunately, dentistry has made many advancements in replacing missing teeth, which have made dental implants available to people of every walk of life.

Beautiful Smiles Matter

A nice smile is almost considered a necessity in today’s society, projecting an image of good health, success and excellent personal hygiene. For some people, a lost tooth seems like no big deal. But for some, missing teeth can be an embarrassing and deeply emotional experience that causes them to avoid social situations or hide their smiles when interacting with other people. It can be difficult to participate in activities when one’s confidence and self-esteem are brought low by a toothless smile.

There is no “Fix Missing Tooth” guide for the do-it-yourselfers out there or for anyone who feels too embarrassed by the state of their mouth to seek treatment. At First Class Dental Care of Sioux Falls, SD, we want you to know that we understand how difficult it can be to take the first steps to replace missing teeth, but our compassionate, friendly staff is here to help you understand all of your options and discuss dental implants with you.

Difficulty Speaking and Eating

In addition to aesthetics, there are several reasons why you should replace missing teeth. Most of us don’t think about the importance teeth play in our lives until we are forced to deal with missing teeth. We use teeth to manipulate the flow of air through our mouths in order to properly pronounce words and phrases. Gaps in this airflow can seriously affect how well our speech is understood by others. Again, this can make it hard to communicate effectively with classmates, friends, co-workers and loved ones.

Teeth also play a critical role in the eating process. When teeth go missing, it becomes difficult to chew foods that are crunchy, hard or fibrous, forcing one to limit their diet to soft foods. Chewing is vital to proper digestion. When improperly chewed before it is swallowed, food can seriously affect digestion, causing the body to eliminate nutrients that would otherwise have been easily absorbed.

Movement of Teeth

Teeth serve to anchor each other in place. Missing teeth result in a void in the jawbone that causes neighboring teeth to migrate to the opening, eventually damaging remaining teeth while affecting jaw alignment and bite. Patients with missing teeth, who fail to have dental implants, are more likely to suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (or TMJ). Whether it’s one tooth or several, First Class Dental Care is the compassionate, affordable missing tooth specialist you’ve been searching for.

The space created by missing teeth can also trap food particles, which may cause the gap to become infected with bacteria that increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. At First Class Dental Care, we’re committed to providing the dental implants Sioux Falls, SD clients need to avoid these problems, and would love to help you discover how good a healthy mouth feels.

Bone Reabsorption

The longer a tooth remains missing, the more likely a patient is to experience a reduction in bone volume in the jaw. Over time, the jaw thins and becomes weaker. This affects the chance of successfully performing a dental implant, as there may simply be insufficient bone available to hold the necessary metal rods in place, and a bone graft may have to be performed. As you can see, the earlier we can replace missing teeth with dental implants, the better!

Sagging Jaw

A healthy, full set of teeth is vital in the alignment of one’s jaw, which can effect facial structure. Cheek muscles weaken when teeth are missing, which may result in a hollow, sunken appearance that ages one’s face. Weakened jaw muscles may cause the jaw to drop down and back during sleep, aggravating sleep issues, such as sleep apnea.

Restore Missing Teeth Safely

At First Class Dental Care, we provide safe, professional dental implants Sioux Falls area patients need to replace missing teeth and restore good oral health. This is a complex procedure that requires intensive training and extensive experience to produce superior results. We know that there are multiple dental providers in the area to choose from, so Dr. Beecroft and his staff are constantly looking for ways to improve the overall experience of our patients.

Dr. Beecroft

Caring, Compassionate Dental Implant Services

Dr. Beecroft and the staff at First Class Dental Care are sensitive to the hardships a missing tooth can create. We provide dental implants so that our patients can regain their self-confidence, improve their health, and live their lives. Our office is conveniently located in Sioux Falls and we treat patients throughout South Dakota, offering them the opportunity to restore missing teeth in a way that looks natural and beautiful. Contact us today.