“A beautiful swan dive led to hitting a sloped area of a pool and severely cracking my tooth. Over time, the trauma this tooth suffered deadened the tooth’s nerve and resulted in its extraction. I wore a temporary restoration while I tried to determine the best procedure to replace my tooth.

“I was torn between replacing the missing tooth with a bridge or a dental implant. I decided that a dental implant was the best for my situation, since an implant permanently replaces your natural tooth and maintains a stable placement that keeps the teeth around it from shifting. The decision to have a dental implant was the best thing for me. I do not have the worry or discomfort of wearing a bridge, and the implant’s porcelain restoration feels like my own tooth and looks like my own tooth. I can actually say that I now smile with more confidence.”