Losing one or more teeth can have a significant impact on your quality of life. It can affect your smile, your ability to chew and even change how you look.
If you’re looking for a permanent solution to missing teeth, dental implant restoration may be the answer. With implant restorations, you no longer have to suffer the effects of missing teeth due to aging, periodontal disease, decay or an accident. You can regain the beautiful smile you once had and feel more confident about yourself.
Facts About Dental Implant Restorations
1. Implants are durable and long-lasting. The implant will fuse to your jawbone so they won’t become loose even after many years of use. In fact, if properly maintained, it can last a lifetime.
2. Implants look and feel very natural. Unlike dentures, implants are anchored and fused to the bone. Over time, you will even forget that they are there. In addition, they are also designed to mimic the look of your natural teeth so no one will ever know you’re using restorations.
3. Implants are the healthy solution to teeth loss. There’s no need to reduce the structure of neighboring teeth so an implant doesn’t damage healthy teeth.
With dental implants, you will have a better-looking and more confident smile, and more importantly, you’ll be able to chew your food properly and utter your words clearly.
During the procedure, the dentist will make an incision on the affected site and insert the implant inside where it will fuse with the jawbone. This process takes 2-6 months, after which the implant will replace the old root and serve as an anchor for the dental crown/artificial tooth.
Then, your replacement tooth will be designed, shaped and measured. Once it is ready, you will be scheduled for an appointment so that the new tooth can be attached to the implant.
You will be able to chew and speak normally after the procedure is done. For those who are missing several teeth, your dentist will recommend an implant supported bridge.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants are among the most popular options for those who are missing one or more teeth. That’s because it several advantages that dentures do not. Take a look:
- Dental implants can enhance your overall appearance. The replacement teeth will look and feel natural in your mouth.
- Implants are very secure. They fuse with the jawbone which makes them permanent fixtures so you don’t have to worry about your replacement teeth becoming loose at the most inopportune moment.
- It boosts your self-confidence. When you have missing teeth, you become very embarrassed to smile or open your mouth in public. Fortunately, with an implant, you will feel more confident about talking to other people at work or in social events.
- You’ll find it easier to eat. This is due to their secured position in your mouth. Dentures can slip which makes chewing food much more difficult. Dental implants on the other hand retain much of the biting force of natural teeth.
- You feel comfortable and at ease wearing them. It takes time to get used to wearing dentures and they can be rather painful at first. Even as time passes, there will still be some level of discomfort. But this is not something you have to deal with when you have dental implants.
- You can speak clearly. It’s common to slur or mumble when you’re wearing dentures, especially if they don’t fit properly. Dental implants don’t slip at all, and so you’re able to speak more naturally and clearly. You don’t have to make adjustments to correct your speech.
- They’re convenient. There’s no trouble to wearing dental implants, because you can treat them just like your natural teeth. There’s no need to use adhesives as you would for dentures, nor would you have to do anything else to maintain them other than to floss, brush and gargle. Of course, we also highly recommend that you see your dentist every 6 months so he can check on them.
- It’s good for your oral health. With implants, we won’t have to prepare adjacent teeth for them, unlike with bridges which require the removal of some dental structure to make way for the bridges.
- Dental implants are durable and long-lasting. In fact, with proper care, they can last for a lifetime.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Certain factors must be considered to determine whether you’re a suitable candidate for dental implants.
Our dentist will first look at the health of your jawbone. There should be sufficient bone density where the implant will be placed so as to support its installation and integration. Your gums must be in good health as well.
You’re less likely to be a suitable candidate if you have received radiation therapy to your head or neck area. If you have a chronic condition such as heart disease or diabetes, the dentist may advise you against opting for dental implants. Smoking can also hamper the success of the implants, along with poor oral habits like teeth grinding and lack of oral hygiene.
It’s also important to take note that while dental implants may be cost-effective in the long run, the initial expense is higher than dentures. Most dental insurance policies also don’t cover dental implants.
In any case, a discussion with your dentist can ascertain whether dental implants are indeed the best solution for you.
If you’re missing a tooth or several teeth and you are looking for a permanent solution, call our office at (239) 939-7070 so we can assess your teeth and determine if you’re a suitable candidate for dental implant restorations.
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