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When you have missing teeth, smiling can become something you’d rather not do. You may feel like all eyes are on that black hole flanked by your other healthy teeth. There is a solution to fill that “black hole.” The solution can be a dental implant.

An implant is an artificial tooth “root” surgically placed in your mouth. It is made of metallic (titanium) and bone-like ceramic. The implants eventually fuse with your bone to support a crown, bridge, or full denture.

You may be considering an implant for yourself. Here are some things to consider as you make your decision. If you have healthy gums you are a good candidate. You also need to have enough bone to support and implant. If you have a chronic illness like diabetes and leukemia it can interfere with the healing process of an implant. Smoking can double the risk of losing an implant altogether. Long-term steroid use, osteoporosis and other diseases that affect the bones can increase the risk of early failure of implants.

A dental implant can make you feel more comfortable in social situations. Smiling without hesitation is something that none of us ever want to take for granted. Losing a tooth (or multiple teeth) can be traumatizing. Thanks to dental implants you don’t have to live with an incomplete smile.

At Gordan Dental of Leawood we’d love to discuss the long-term advantages of a dental implant with you. Call to schedule an appointment with us, and get on your way to getting your full smile back.

Posted on behalf of Gordon Dental of Leawood