Visalia Dental Implants Dr. Bodensteiner offers residents of Visalia the option of dental implants for replacing missing or broken teeth. If you have lost one or more teeth, you are not alone. According to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. What makes dental implants such an appealing option? 1. Speech—Missing teeth can negatively affect speech. Implants restore the ability to speak clearly and understandably. 2. Eating—Losing one or more teeth can affect chewing ability and put limitations on what can be eaten. Implants permit enjoyment of eating varieties of food without pain or discomfort. 3. Self-esteem—Missing teeth can have social ramifications, affecting how an individual views themselves and is viewed by others. Implants can help create a positive view of one's smile. 4. Oral Health—Empty spaces from missing teeth can result in the neighboring teeth shifting, contributing to crooked smiles, TMJ disorder, bite and jaw misalignment and bone deterioration. Implants fill these empty spaces perfectly, preventing further oral health issues associated with tooth loss. It is important to act quickly if you are missing a tooth as this ensures Dr. Bodensteiner the greatest opportunity for successful treatment and protection of your overall oral health. Losing one or more teeth is a reality for many residents of Visalia. Thankfully, dental implants provide exactly what you need to restore the smile you deserve.