When you think of dental implants, you may be put off at first with images of a complicated, painful surgery. However, in reality, it is a common procedure performed daily by hundreds of oral surgeons and dentists throughout the U.S. It’s also the closest you can get to having natural teeth.
There are three million people who already have dental implants with an additional 500,000 getting the procedure each year, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. In addition the statistical success rate is fantastic at over 98 percent.
Dental implants are becoming more popular because it is the only tooth replacement treatment that maintains a patient’s healthy jaw and encourages bone growth. The procedure is used to permanently replace lost teeth and, with good care, last a lifetime. A candidate for implants must be in decent health and have ample jawbone to support the implant. In order to have this treatment, you must be an older teen or adult with a fully mature jaw bone.
How are Implants Done?
Dental implants are used when teeth are lost to reasons like decay or injury. The procedure begins with an artificial tooth root being put into the jawbone bonding it to the jaw. This root then has an abutment attached creating the platform where the crown will be attached. The dentist will work to match your teeth in color and size when creating the crown.
One of the benefits of implants is the feeling which compares to real teeth. It is stationary without movement like dentures which can loosen or shift.
Here are a few other benefits of dental implants:
Since dental implants look and feel like your own teeth, their appearance is very natural. This goes a long way toward having a confident, comfortable smile.
The dental implant or implants will feel comfortable and sturdy. They are not prone to slipping or fit issues. Comfort is a very important byproduct of the dental implant.
This is a permanent solution to a missing tooth or teeth. You can stop being concerned about gaps in your teeth when you smile. This gives you more confidence when you speak or laugh.
Again, due to the permanence of the dental implant, you will not have to be concerned with movement or slipping which can be an issue with dentures. This allows you to speak distinctly without being concerned about your teeth holding in place. Eating is also easier with an implant. You don’t have to worry about getting food in the gum where your tooth was missing or an issue with not being able to eat certain foods. Dental implants also are high functioning due to the fact that they are easy to floss and brush.
Many people do not know that if you have a missing tooth for a long period of time, it can cause bone loss weakening your jaw. If the missing tooth is not seen, it is tempting to just leave it as is. However, when you replace the tooth with a dental implant, your oral health is improved for many reasons including strengthening your jaw.
If you have a loose or missing tooth, it is important to make an appointment with your dentist right away. These issues will not resolve on their own and they will end up causing problems for your oral health. A missing tooth can lead to bone loss as well as decay and disease.
Don’t allow your smile to be sidetracked by a missing tooth. Whatever treatment you consider, whether it is dental implants or some other solution, go ahead and see your dentist. It is important in life to keep a confident, healthy smile!