Sometimes the news you hear is not the news you want.

Such as when your dental professional informs you that you need an implant.

People delay necessary treatments for any number of reasons, but the end result won’t be good. If an implant has been prescribed, the patient should follow through for his or her own health.

Princeton Prosthodontics and Dental Implants has 35 years of experience in this field, and we tell it to you straight. Here’s what you need to know about why that recommended dental implant is so important:

  • Bone loss will increase. If a tooth is missing for 12 months, the bone can atrophy (lose bone density and height). That could require the patient also have a bone graft before proceeding further with a dental implant.
  • Teeth may shift. Every tooth in your mouth works together with another. When one is missing, others may begin to move. A tooth (or teeth) could begin to lean into the vacated space, making a future implant more difficult.
  • A missing tooth can lead to a change in your bite that might lead to jaw pain. The technical term is TMJ, for temporomandibular joint pain. TMJ causes constant pain in the joints of the jaw.

Get it done. Do what’s best for your health. Call us at Princeton Prosthodontics and Dental Implants. We can help.