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Four reasons you shouldn’t wait to get implants

A smiling young man excited to get his dental implants

If you are missing one or more teeth and your oral surgeon has recommended dental implants, here are four great reasons for getting started sooner rather than later.

1. Boost your self-esteem

Living with a missing tooth can change the way you feel about yourself. Getting an implant can improve your self-esteem and help you feel like your normal self again. Because the crown attached to a dental implant looks, feels and functions just like a natural tooth, nobody will ever know you have an implant.

2. Prevent bone loss

The aesthetic and functional benefits of replacing a missing tooth are clear. But did you know that dental implants work to protect your jawbone and keep it strong? When you are missing a tooth, the jawbone under the gap can slowly deteriorate. This bone loss happens because the roots of your teeth are no longer stimulating the jawbone to grow. If you wait too long, you may require a bone graft to add more volume to your jawbone before an implant can be placed.

3. Prevent other teeth from drifting

When a gap opens in your smile, the rest of your remaining teeth can slowly begin to drift towards the space. If left untreated, this can cause misalignment in your teeth and other oral health concerns.

4. Save money

Waiting to get dental implants can wind up costing you more money if the delay leads to other issues that need to be treated. The cheapest time to get implants is almost always going to be straight away.

When it comes to dental implants, replacing your missing teeth as soon as possible will always lead to the lowest risk and highest success rate. Don’t wait to get your old smile back.