Read on for five important facts to know about dental implants for anyone who has been considering them.
Dental implants are virtually as strong as the natural teeth they replace
Dental implants are the only available tooth-replacement option that closes matches natural teeth in terms of strength and durability. People who have received dental implants experience an ability to bite and chew that is nearly identical to that which they enjoyed with their natural teeth.
Once a dental implant is placed into a patient’s jawbone, the bone fuses around the implant. It is such an incredibly strong bond that it mimics the natural strength of the tooth root that was lost at the implant site.
Dental implant surgery is not complicated or dangerous
Some people may think that because dental implant surgery involves implanting a prosthesis into the bone of the jaw, it is a complicated procedure. However, dental implant surgery is a routine procedure performed by thousands of dentists. Dental implant surgery has a success rate of over 98%. Anyone who is in reasonably good health and has enough jawbone to support a dental implant is a good candidate for the procedure.
It is quite easy to take care of dental implants
Though natural teeth are susceptible to cavities and decay, dental implants are not. Because they are made of materials that are not affected in the same way as natural teeth, dental implants cannot form cavities. Once the site of a dental implant has fully healed, normal brushing and flossing are all that is required to care for them.
Dental implants guard against bone loss
A natural consequence of tooth loss involves the loss of bone that had been supporting the missing tooth. In the absence of the tooth root, the jawbone resorbs or recedes. As the jawbone changes shape, it also changes the shape of the mouth. The loss of bone can result in the mouth looking sunken or concave, and may also cause wrinkles and fine lines to form around the mouth and chin. Dental implants mimic the shape and strength of natural tooth roots and help to preserve the jawbone, preventing these things from occurring.
Dental implants provide health benefits
Dental implants are not just a cosmetic procedure. By restoring a person’s natural ability to bite and chew, dental implants restore the ability to maintain a healthy diet. A study recently found that people who had lost five or more teeth by the time they turned 65 ran a higher risk of diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease (Dentistry Today).
Do you need dental implants?
Dental implants can do more than just boost a person’s confidence or give them a bright, beautiful smile. Dental implants can actually help preserve and maintain health and a youthful appearance. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.