Every year, millions upon millions of Americans have to have a tooth pulled out of their mouth. Eventually a cavity can get so bad that the tooth has to be removed before the rotting portion of the tooth gets into the gums and causes bigger problems. Other people have to get a tooth pulled so that they can get the rest of their teeth straightened out or to make room for a wisdom tooth that is coming in in an irregular portion of the mouth. Whatever the reasons behind it, the cold hard truth is that more Americans than not will have to have a tooth pulled from their mouth at one point or another in their lifetime.
Once the tooth is pulled many people opt to simply leave a blank spot in their mouth where the tooth had been. In some cases, getting a fake tooth put back in can be expensive, and if insurance isn’t going to cover it completely many people opt to not have it taken care of at all. Still others are so afraid of having dental surgery again that they simply can’t bear the idea of having to go under Novocain again to get the fake tooth put in. In the dental industry, fake teeth are known as dental implants. How it works is a fake tooth is attached to a little screw. The screw is either put into the gum alone or drilled through the gum into the jaw muscle. Once it is put into place it will stay in the mouth for the rest of the person’s life, ensuring that they have a functioning smile that also looks great.
When most people think about having a dental implant in they think it’s only for the aesthetic purposes. They assume that most people simply don’t like to have a tooth missing in their mouth and so they get a fake tooth put in so that they don’t have to have an irregular smile. While that is certainly true, it misses the primary reason why people have implants put in which is to increase the functionality of their teeth. People are so far removed from what parts of their body do for them because everyone is so well off today in a country like America, but it’s still as true today as it’s always been that your teeth are incredibly important to the quality of your life. Without a well functioning row of teeth on the bottom and upper regions of your mouth, eating certain foods can be incredibly hard. Just imagine how difficult it would be to bite into an apple if you were missing your two front teeth. The fact that teeth play such a central role in your well being is a big part of the reason why so many people opt for dental implants or porcelain veneers when their teeth start to show signs of wear and tear.
If you’re missing a tooth or your teeth have been damaged, you should strongly consider consulting with a professional dentist like those at Incredible Smiles. They can help you get your great looking, fully functional smile back in no time.