Oh no! It’s been such a wonderful day until now. It’s one of those rare occasions when all the family was able to get together. Seeing everyone so happy and enjoying each other, sharing memories and reliving past events while enjoying the antics of some of the youngest and newest members of the family has been a highlight of the year.
Naturally, everyone wants to have a photo with which to remember this special day. But you cringe inside. You hate photos of yourself! Your missing teeth just make every picture a painful reminder of how unattractive and awkward you feel; turning what should be a cherished memento into something to just hide away and avoid.
Is this your story?
If it is, you are not alone. Many adults live with the daily embarrassment and inconvenience of missing teeth. In fact, 50% of people living in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth and 35 million do not have any teeth.
Although there have been dental solutions available to replace missing teeth, many have held back from availing themselves of them because they didn’t really offer a satisfactory solution. They were expensive, complicated and had their own unpleasant side effects that had to be dealt with on a daily basis. They just didn’t seem worth the money and trouble.
But, times have changed. We would all have to say that our lives have been powerfully impacted by the advances made in technology in just the last 20 years wouldn’t we? Cell phones, internet connectivity, tablets and smart phones have definitely changed the way we live our day-to-day lives. But, did you know that many of those advances have also dramatically impacted dentistry and the way it deals with replacing missing teeth?
Today’s dental implants allow Dr. Barsoum to offer a precisely planned and completely painless procedure to restore missing teeth. It will help you to chew and smile with confidence the rest of your life! And you’ll want to be in the front row of all those precious family photos, instead of hiding in the back!
How Has Technology Changed Dental Implants?
Dental implants have come a long way in the last 20 years. A dental implant is a very precise medical device that is used to replace a missing tooth. Using a highly specialized 3D image that shows detailed pictures of the soft and hard tissues in the mouth, we can plan the size and position of the future tooth. A custom implant is gently placed under the gums where the new tooth will go. The placement of the implant can be completed in 30 minutes or less!
After a few months of healing, a beautiful, natural looking dental crown is made with the aid of a special computer. This advanced technology makes it possible to create a beautiful, precisely fitting dental crown that will look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth!
Can Technology Really Help to Protect Against Pain?
Once again, since we place implants using a special 3D image that gives us precise pictures of the soft tissue, nerves and the underlying bone structure; we can plan and anticipate any potential complications before they happen. A couple of Tylenol after the procedure are usually enough to cover any mild discomfort.
Once the dental implant and crown are placed, they are treated just like a natural tooth. You can brush and floss as you normally do and follow your usual schedule of professional care with Dr. Barsoum and his team. (For some patients who may clench or grind their teeth, we recommend a custom fit night guard to help protect the implant.)
In this day and age, there is no reason why people should live with missing teeth. Dental implants are a safe, painless, and affordable way to restore missing teeth. Yes, today technology has impacted our lives in many beneficial ways. We can keep in close touch with our family and friends through calls, emails, and texts. We can watch movies and read books while waiting for an appointment. And we can eat, smile and laugh with confidence again with dental implants.
Our team at Impressive Smiles is eager to help you find your confident smile again. Just call Jessica and she will be happy to get you started. We will be beside you each step of the way and we will be there to laugh, smile and cry with you the first moment you see your complete, beautiful, new smile. We live for those moments!
For those needing dentures to replace missing teeth, don’t miss our next blog post that explains how we can completely transform your denture wearing experience by using technologically advanced dental implants!