Though it’s never too late to get dental implant surgery, putting off the procedure isn’t a good idea. Doing so may mean an additional step in your treatment plan — and no one is happy about needing more dental work.
If you wait too long to replace your missing teeth, you may begin to experience adverse effects. For most patients who need them, it’s better to get dental implants sooner rather than later.
Avoid Jawbone Atrophy
When you are missing teeth, your jawbone slowly shrinks away. Without any tooth roots to stimulate the bone tissues, atrophy sets in — and the longer you wait to get implant surgery, the more your jawbone will degenerate.
Getting dental implants puts a stop to bone loss in the jaw. The titanium posts act as replacement roots, providing the necessary stimulation to maintain jawbone density.
Preserve Your Appearance
While the gaps in your grin may not bother you, the way your face looks after years of living with missing teeth might not make you smile.
Jawbone atrophy can significantly affect your appearance, and as time goes on, you may begin to look much older than you really are. Get dental implants before that happens, and you can prevent premature aging due to bone loss in the jaw.
Keep Other Teeth from Shifting
Each of your teeth helps hold the others in place. After tooth loss, the support is no longer there — and the teeth that remain may shift to fill the gaps. A crooked smile is more difficult to clean, so you’ll be at a greater risk for tooth decay, cavities and gum disease.
If you schedule dental implant surgery right away, you won’t have to worry about the issues that come with a crooked smile. Instead, you’ll have a gorgeous grin and no trouble keeping your mouth clean.
Enjoy Your Favorite Foods
When you have missing teeth, some foods may be too much of a challenge to eat. And this doesn’t change if you get a bridge or dentures — with either of those tooth replacement methods, foods that are crunchy, hard or chewy are off the menu. What’s more, any dental appliance that covers the roof of your mouth can affect how food tastes.
Dental implants don’t come with any dietary restrictions. With implanted teeth, you can eat anything you like — and, you’ll experience the full flavor in every meal and snack.
Are you ready to replace your missing teeth? For an expert implant surgeon in the greater central Indiana area, call on the professional team at Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Garrison and Dr. Kelly, our highly experienced, board-certified oral surgeons, specialize in tooth replacement. We can answer your questions, explain your options and help you feel at ease about getting dental implant surgery. To schedule a professional consultation, contact our Indianapolis, Indiana, office today.