Slidell, Louisiana general dentist Dr. Edwin Kopfler knows that modern implant technology is an ideal solution for many people with missing, broken or decayed teeth that need to be replaced. However, many patients who learn about the process during consultation, or who've had longtime fear and anxiety associated with dentistry, may avoid the benefits of implants because of trepidations about the extensive procedure. Tooth loss is disruptive, embarrassing, and may even be painful if teeth are broken or damaged in some way that affects the nerve. Severely damaged teeth can have negative health effects that reach beyond the mouth, causing bone and muscle trauma when the regular bite pattern is affected. Exposed decay can also lead to other problems throughout the body.