The Olympic Games are rapidly approaching and athletes everywhere will want to make sure their smile is camera ready. A very popular dental treatment option for athletes that have lost teeth due to inadvertent contact, are dental implants. In layman’s terms, dental implants are essentially replacement tooth roots, providing a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth made to match your natural teeth. Since they are designed to fuse with the surrounding bone, your implants can last a lifetime, making them more economical then bridges or dentures in the long run.

So why are so many seeking this treatment in the first place? Tooth loss—and not the kind that calls for a visit from the Tooth Fairy. Tooth decay, gum disease, and injury are the three leading causes of tooth loss which, besides drawing unwanted attention, can lead to worsening oral health and hygiene if left untreated. This is where dental implants come in. They have revolutionized the world of dentistry, not only for those competing on a national stage, but for everyone.

This summer’s London Olympic Games will be full of memorable moments along with head-turning facial injuries. It’s to be expected from such one-on-one combat sports like boxing, wrestling, and martial arts as well as high-contact games like basketball, field hockey, and lacrosse. The images of athletes getting a tooth knocked out in the midst of a triumphant victory may at times be a crowd-pleaser; however, rest assured that the toothless grin won’t last for long. With the guidance of their dentist, athletes will turn to dental implants, as a highly successful treatment option.

Be sure to tune in to the Opening Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games beginning on Friday, July 27th to watch our athletes represent the United States. Surely, everyone will be saving their game face for the competition and bringing their best smile for the whole world to see.