As a kid, do you remember how excited you were for your new “grown-up” teeth to arrive?
Well, good news:
If you’ve lost or are at risk of losing adult teeth, you can experience that excitement again with dental implants!
There are many reasons to replace missing teeth with dental implants, but before we get to those, we’ll discuss:
- What is a dental implant?
- Who’s a candidate for dental implants?
- And finally, the top 10 benefits of dental implants
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the closest alternative to your natural teeth and often the #1 recommendation for replacing missing teeth or teeth that are beyond repair (severely broken or decayed).
An implant doesn’t just replace the visible portion of a tooth, as traditional bridges or dentures do; it also replaces the missing tooth root. This makes it one of the most stable and durable missing tooth restorations available.
A dental implant has three components:
- Post: A tiny titanium screw, permanently placed into the jawbone, serving as the new tooth root.
- Abutment: Securely attaches the visible part of the tooth (the crown) to the post.
- Crown: Custom-designed to look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth.
Dental implants can also be used to secure bridges and dentures.
Who can get dental implants?
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry… This text opens a new tab to the AAID website…, most adults are good candidates for dental implants.
It’s also an option for adolescents once facial growth and development are complete.
However, there are a few requirements you must meet:
- Be healthy enough to undergo a routine oral surgery
- Have healthy gums, free of any disease
- Have enough jawbone to support the implant
Certain health issues, such as uncontrolled chronic health conditions or a history of radiation to the head and neck, may affect eligibility. If this is your case, your implant dentist will consult with your physician to confirm candidacy.
All of these requirements and health history will be reviewed during your initial dental implant consultation to confirm if you’re eligible.
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What are the advantages of dental implants?
See why patients and dentists prefer dental implants over traditional bridges and dentures:
1. Long lasting
Dental implants cost more than alternatives upfront, but they last longer and require less maintenance, making them more cost effective long term!
With proper care, the implants can last your lifetime, and the crown or other restoration can last for decades.
2. Acts natural
No one will know you have a dental implant!
Your new tooth is custom designed to blend in seamlessly with surrounding teeth.
It’s also fully functional, so you can eat your favorite foods without discomfort, speak without impairment, and get your life back!
3. Look younger
When a tooth is missing, the underlying jawbone begins to deteriorate, causing premature aging like:
- Facial sagging
- Wrinkles around the mouth
- Thinning lips
Avoid this with a dental implant!
The implant post fuses with the surrounding bone to prevent further loss and stimulate growth, therefore keeping your youthful face and smile supported.
4. Easy to maintain
No need for embarrassing denture cups and fizzy cleaners sitting on your bathroom counter. Dental implants don’t require any special care.
- Brush your teeth twice a day (with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush)
- Floss daily (especially around the implant post)
- Visit your dentist for routine exams and cleanings
5. Comfortable to wear
Implants don’t wiggle or slip as removable dentures do. They’re permanently secured in your jawbone, like natural teeth, so that you can go about your life without worry, embarrassment, or pain.
You’ll likely forget you even have a dental implant!
6. Prevents adjacent teeth shifting
The gap left behind from a missing tooth can allow adjacent teeth to shift into it. When this happens, it negatively affects your:
- Alignment (how straight your teeth are)
- Bite, causing painful side effects like jaw pain, headaches, and TMJ disorder
- Ability to chew
- Oral health
A dental implant will stop this from happening by replacing your missing tooth and “filling” the gap.
7. High success rate
Implants have been around for nearly 50 years. In that time, they’ve drastically improved, and as a result, have a success rate of up to 98%… This text opens a new tab to the source of this statistic….
The materials used are biocompatible, meaning they’re non-toxic and won’t be rejected by your body.
8. Not susceptible to decay or staining
Your implant will never get a cavity, and it’ll look just as good as day one!
Missing more than one tooth? A dental implant can be used to anchor down a bridge or denture to replace multiple or a full arch of teeth.
Dental implants don’t require modifications to surrounding teeth. Whereas a traditional bridge does, and in doing so, you weaken those teeth.
Minimizing structural changes to healthy teeth ensures your smile looks good and stays healthy for years to come!
10. Boosts confidence
Don’t let your missing or severely damaged tooth hinder your self-esteem any longer!
A dental implant will restore your smile’s function and appearance, giving you the confidence to take on personal and professional endeavors.
Want to see if a dental implant is right for you?
Contact your nearest dental implant dentist!
Looking for dental implants in Hemet, CA?
Contact Larrondo Family Dentistry!
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Editor’s note: This post was originally published in May 2016 and has been completely revamped for comprehensiveness and timeliness.