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Want to Restore your Smile with Dental Implants? Get out of your own Way!

By: | Sunday, April 30th, 2017 | Dental Implants

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Dental implants have been referred to as the gold standard in tooth replacement. The process of restoring function and appearance was a long time in the making. Just a little over a century ago, a large percentage of people who had lost teeth never had them replaced. Today, we wouldn’t dream of going without – or would we? Interestingly enough, as far as we have come in the area of tooth replacement, we continue to see patients get in their way of the ultimate in care. The way that they do so is by telling themselves stories about the care they need. Let’s take a look . . .

The Story about Age

It is fascinating to see patients so easily disqualify themselves from the care that could give them back all that they have lost. Sad because we know the extensive benefits of tooth replacement with dental implants. The tiny posts that are carefully inserted into the bone reinstate the stable foundation of natural teeth, and enable patients to chew without feeling concerned about artificial teeth failing or falling out. Implants are used for single-tooth replacement and can also hold full dentures firmly in place. In neither situation is age a requirement to obtain care, and yet we hear this statement far too often: “I’m too old for implants.”

It is important to know that age is hardly a factor in getting the care you need to restore your smile. Factors that are important include your lifestyle habits (smoking), oral health, and general health.

The Story about Need

Another way that patients disqualify themselves from care is by saying they don’t need implants to achieve the outcome they would like. Some go so far as to say tooth replacement isn’t necessary. This is like saying that it isn’t necessary to have teeth. But Mother Nature gave us teeth for a purpose! The need for teeth does not change as we go through life. Whether a small gap or a large one, the absence of teeth places the burden of chewing on those that remain, and this leads to a high susceptibility to damage.

As your Burke dentist, Dr. Price offers the services you need to enjoy a healthy, functional smile. Learn more about dental implants when you call (703)750-9404.



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