Looking at the gap in your smile caused by tooth loss in the mirror everyday can be demotivating. A large gap, especially at the front, can cause you to lose confidence in your overall appearance. Don’t despair and give up on your smile—see a dentist to talk about solutions. You may be able to close the gap by getting a dental implant at Rose Dental Associates in Albany, NY.
It Can Be Difficult Living with a Smile Gap
If you have recently experienced tooth loss or an extraction, you now know how distressing it can be to live with this dental issue. The gap makes it harder to eat, smile, and communicate with others in social environments. A large space in the smile also puts the rest of your teeth at risk of shifting out of place, which could create orthodontic problems.
A Dental Implant Will Fill the Gap
While some people opt for dentures, which are removable, to fill small gaps in their teeth, many patients are now interested in dental implants. A dental implant not only fills the gap above the gum line, but also the space that’s left open below the gum line. Your Albany dentist can install a dental implant and crown in about two or three appointments.
Keeping Your Implant Healthy
The process of having an implant installed (including the healing period) can take several months. Once this process is complete you’ll want to do everything possible to ensure that your implanted tooth and the rest of your mouth stays healthy. Here are a few tips for keeping your implant for as long as possible:
- Take extra care to brush and floss around the base of the implanted tooth to avoid plaque buildup.
- Get your teeth checked at least twice a year for signs of gingivitis. Ask for a deep cleaning or scaling and root planing session if necessary.
- Eat a diet rich in calcium (for healthy bone tissue), Vitamin A, C, D, and potassium.
Let a Dental Implant Close Your Smile Gap
Don’t allow too much time to pass when you have a gap due to a missing tooth. Call Rose Dental Associates in Albany, NY at (518) 456-7673 today to talk about dental implants.
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