Plenty of things can change your life. Winning the lottery, for one. But when it comes to living your life to the fullest, there’s nothing like a great-looking smile to build confidence and make you feel like you’re putting your best foot forward.
If you’re missing teeth, smiling can often be a struggle. Along with chewing your favorite foods, speaking comfortably and naturally, or even being as active as you’d wish. Dental implants can make a world of difference. Here’s why:
Dental implants can have a dramatic and positive impact on your personality, your relationships and your enjoyment of life.
Whether you’re missing one tooth or several, you can benefit from dental implants. Since dental implants look, fit and function like healthy, natural teeth, you really don’t have to give them a second thought as you go about the business of living. You can smile radiantly, converse freely, laugh enthusiastically and eat with gusto.
I’ve treated patients who have walked in my office with their hands over their mouth refusing to smile. Once I’ve completed the dental implant placement, they hold their heads high and speak with confidence. They smile broadly. They no longer feel embarrassed about the way they look or hesitant to engage in activities or conversation.
Dental implants offer advantages over other teeth replacement options.
Dental implants also help protect your facial bone and healthy teeth. In order to fabricate and place cemented bridges or attach partial dentures, for example, dentists have to file down the healthy teeth beside the missing ones. In contrast, dental implants allow dentists to leave the healthy teeth alone. In fact, they actually help stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss, strengthening dental health.
Dental implants are safe and effective.
When you select an AAID-credentialed dentist, you can be confident he or she will knowledgeably evaluate your needs, discuss your treatment options and answer all your questions. Required to meet rigorous qualifications demonstrating their expertise, AAID-credentialed dentists invest substantial time and energy into dental implant-focused training beyond their dental and/or specialist education.
See for yourself how dental implants can change your life. You may not win the lottery, but you’ll sure feel like a million bucks.
David G. Hochberg is the Immediate Past President of the AAID. He completed advanced training in both the surgical and restorative phases of implant dentistry in 1986, the same year he established Colony Square Dental Associates in Atlanta. Dr. Hochberg has been actively involved with the educational process in the dental implant field, serving on the Board of Examiners for ABOI and AAID. He lectures locally and nationally about implant dentistry, and served as Editor of the AAID News for 12 years.
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