If you have missing or damaged teeth, there is a permanent, natural-looking solution that can remedy your smile without dentures or partials. Dental implants are an excellent replacement option that can improve your teeth’s appearance, speech, ability to eat, self-esteem, and overall oral health.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Implants feel and look like your natural teeth, mainly because they fuse to your bone and become permanent. During the procedure, the dentist will attach a titanium implant into the gums that will ultimately merge with your jawbone. After your implant has healed, your dentist will fit you for a natural-looking prosthetic tooth, or crown, so the implant blends seamlessly into your smile. Overall, the treatment program will take about 6 to 12 weeks to complete.
Why Dental Implants?
There are quite a few advantages to getting dental implants, especially in comparison to dentures or bridges. Among these benefits are as follows:
- Permanent Solution – Dental implants have a 98 percent success rate, lasting a lifetime if taken care of properly.
- Functionality – Your smile won’t be the only thing to improve with dental implants. You will see great benefits to your facial structure, chewing and swallowing mechanisms, and speaking abilities.
- Natural Look – Your dentist will work closely with you to ensure that the crown covering the implant matches the surrounding teeth exactly.
- Easy Maintenance – The implant acts as just another tooth – no special treatment required! Just maintain good oral hygiene to keep them clean and healthy.
Are Dental Implants Right For You?
We recommend discussing the implant option carefully with your dentist. Some of the following factors may play a role in determining if implants are right for you:
- Your Health – You may be a good candidate for an implant if you are generally in good health (this is more of a factor than your age).
- Chronic Illness – Certain chronic illnesses such as leukemia or diabetes, for example, may cause difficulties in the healing process after the procedure and therefore would impede the surgery.
- Tobacco Usage – Smoking may also impair the healing process after surgery.
- Jaw Structure – You must have enough of a jawbone to support the implant structure. Otherwise, it may require surgery to build up your jaw, either with a bone graft or sinus lift surgery.
In most cases, the healing process after the implant procedure will only take a few weeks with minor discomfort. Your dentist may recommend medication to relieve pain in certain circumstances.
Once your implants have healed, it is important to keep your mouth clean and healthy. This will enable you to keep your implant in good condition for the rest of your life. Your dentist will provide you with a home-care routine, which always includes a daily brushing and flossing regimen. In some cases, a special toothbrush or mouthwash can also help you in preventing gum disease and cavities. It is also recommended that you schedule two visits a year with your dentist for a standard checkup and preventative treatment.
Dental implants are an excellent solution for those with missing or damaged teeth. Schedule your consultation with us today to determine if implants are right for you!