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5 Fact About Dental Implants

5 Fact About Dental Implants
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BY RAJAN SHARMA

If your dentist has recommended a dental implant as a possible treatment option for a serious dental issue, you probably have a lot of questions. As with any type of medical or dental procedure, it is smart to do some research ahead of time, to understand what is involved, and how you might benefit.

Here are five facts about dental implants that may help you as you weigh treatment options:

  1. Implants look, feel, and function like real teeth. If you picture removable dentures when you think of dental implants, think again. Advancements in dental technology over the years mean that implants are designed to mimic the appearance of your natural teeth, so they’re not noticeable. In addition, implants are strong and durable — in many cases, they can last for the rest of your life!

Unlike traditional dentures — which can slip and slide, making it difficult to bite, chew, and talk — dental implants stay put. Implants are also not sensitive to the temperatures of the foods and beverages you consume, so tooth sensitivity (at least in the implanted tooth) will be a thing of the past.

  1. An immediate new smile, even while your jaw heals. Everyone considering a dental implant should know that, unlike some other types of dental procedures, most dental implant procedures are not a “one-and-done” solution. In the first (surgical) appointment, you will be given an anesthetic to put you to sleep. Your dentist will attach a titanium post to the bone in your jaw. Then, he or she will attach a temporary crown to the new post.

The time needed to heal from this step can vary, from three to six months. During this period, new tissue in your jaw will grow around the implant — just as it would around the roots of your natural teeth. This takes place behind the scenes, however, and you won’t notice it. The only difference is you will be limited to softer foods until the healing is complete.

When your mouth has healed from the first process, your dentist will place a permanent crown. This step requires some healing, too — up to an additional six months — but again, it’s not something you will notice.

While it is true that this process may sound involved, it is well worth the wait for the majority of patients who choose the procedure. Implants help to improve oral health and provide natural-looking, strong replacements for lost or damaged teeth.

  1. Health benefits. Dental implants can help mitigate the gum disease that can occur if you choose not to replace a missing tooth. Those spaces between your teeth can become problem areas for bacteria and plaque; by filling the gap, you’re making it harder for bacteria to attack.

Implants are also easier on the surrounding teeth than alternative procedures like bridges, which can involve having to grind down part of the teeth immediately next to the problem spot. Because implants are anchored in the jaw itself and not to adjacent teeth, there is no need to compromise healthy teeth.

  1. Cosmetic benefits. Dental implants also provide some compelling cosmetic benefits. In addition to the positive health effects they can have, dental implants can help restore your self-confidence, so you’ll want to show off your smile.

What’s more, because dental implants are surgically placed in your bone, they can help reduce or eliminate the appearance of a “saggy” jawline that can occur over time as we lose bone mass.

  1. Caring for implants is easy. After your mouth has fully healed from a dental implant procedure, caring for it is as simple as brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist every six months for cleanings and exams. If you smoke, quitting can help ensure your implant will be successful. Similarly, you shouldn’t crunch ice or bite on hard candy, as they can damage the surface of the implant (just as those habits can damage your natural teeth).

Talk to Your Dentist to Learn More

Only your dentist can tell you if you are a good candidate for a dental implant. If you would like to learn more about the process, schedule an appointment with your dental clinic

Author bio: Rajan Sharma, DDS  An expert in dental health, Dr. Sharma created EON Clinics to provide the highest quality of dental implant care. Under his care and guidance, EON Clinics has become a leader in the industry. 

 

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