Not many people realize that having good teeth is not only important to one's health but it also builds a person's self-esteem. Maintaining your teeth's health can be a challenge. The daily grind sometimes gets the better of us - often at the cost of our health. Though designed to last long, some teeth just fail to stand the test of time. Fortunately, we live in an era where tooth implants exist to address missing teeth problems.

Baby teeth start to fall off between ages 5 and 6, gradually replaced by permanent teeth until age 12 or 13. Once you reach adolescence, there is no turning back. All the teeth you will lose from this point onward will no longer grow back. The lack of proper dental care will have an impact on your self-esteem and general health when you reach adulthood. Proper dental care should, therefore, begin at an early age. Parents should teach their children to brush their teeth and visit the dentist regularly so that they can pick up the habit until they become full-fledged members of society.

Missing teeth can be a source of great distress and discomfort. If you lost a front tooth or a few of your molars, besides losing your ability to chew food, you will have difficulty smiling for the camera or interacting with people without exposing your missing teeth. Losing a permanent tooth has a domino effect on your other teeth too. Dental problems will crop up one by one every time you lose a tooth. From crowding to tipping, lost teeth have to be replaced to sustain the health of your other teeth.

For more than half a century now, tooth implants have been used to treat missing teeth. Getting tooth implants is, in fact, considered the most effective teeth-replacement solution. Patients who wish to undergo surgery for tooth implants are often beset with questions. They wonder about the cost, whether the replacement process is painful or if there is a tooth implants specialist in their town or city.

To ease your worries about getting tooth implants, prior research is highly recommended. Dentists who specialize in implants are not as abundant as regular dentists. Browsing online, reading through the history of each clinic, scanning the profiles of various Prosthodontists, taking note of their contact details, going over discount offers and comparing prices will help you come up with an informed decision. You will be surprised to know that there are ways to spend less (through health insurance for example), that surgery is not as painful as it seems, and that a dentist specializing in tooth implants is indeed available in your area.