Losing your teeth can be a traumatic experience. You can experience many negative emotions, like loss, a sense of failure, a fear about the future. Studies have shown that people can develop depression after losing a tooth. Even if you don’t hit rock bottom, you might go through a period of grief, similar to losing a loved one.

But we can help. You may have lost a tooth, but it doesn’t mean you’re losing your smile. In fact, for many people, losing your natural teeth can actually lead to having the best smile of your life, thanks to dental implants. Here’s how dental implants can help you overcome the loss of your natural teeth.

Older couple sailing together. Even with the loss of teeth look how they've gained a smile!

Dental Implants Are Like Your Third Set of Teeth

Humans are only given two sets of teeth, which certainly doesn’t seem like enough when you consider that the first set starts to fall out at age six, and the second set has to last you the rest of your life, 80 years or more!

That’s where dental implants come in. They can serve as that third set of teeth. Where traditional dentures just don’t work like natural teeth (or look like them) dental implants can. They are anchored in your jawbone just like natural teeth so you can bite and chew normally.

But in some ways they are even better than natural teeth. For example, they don’t develop cavities. And you don’t have to wait for them to come in. While it can take months for new teeth to come in, many people can get dental implant and full replacement teeth in just one day. That can even be the same day that your damaged teeth were extracted so that it’s like you never lost your teeth at all.

A Smile for Life

Dental implants also overcome the problems of other tooth replacement options. While dentures and dental bridges often only lasted ten years or so, dental implants can actually last a lifetime. It’s true: studies that are 20 or 30 years long show that over 90% of implants are still in place and functioning. And we even know of anecdotal cases of people with as much as 40 or 50 years with functional, healthy dental implants.

We Can Replace Your Entire Smile

And here’s another benefit of dental implants, they can replace just as many teeth as you want. Missing just one or two teeth? Dental implants are a great choice for replacement. Facing the loss of all your teeth? Dental implants are a great choice for that, too. And they work for everything in between.

Every End Is a New Beginning

When you are losing all your teeth, or even just one tooth, we understand that it can seem like the end, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it’s an opportunity to get your new smile, which can be better than the smile you were given. If you’ve long struggled with poor oral health, or had teeth that were crooked, damaged, decayed, or discolored, dental implants can finally give you the smile you always thought you couldn’t enjoy: beautiful, bright, and healthy.

To learn how dental implants can turn the end of your teeth into the beginning of your smile, please call (912) 234-8282 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at The Durham Office, offering Beyond Exceptional Dentistry in Savannah.