Even with our best efforts at caring for our teeth, many people suffer tooth loss at some point in their lives. Their tooth loss may be due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, or some form of injury. While dentures and other options are traditional, dental implants are an option that is more convenient because they are fixed in place, making them more esthetic and optimal to appear as natural teeth.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are a type of fixed prosthesis that acts as a replacement for the tooth’s roots. Implants act as a foundation for teeth replacement, which can be permanently attached to the dental implant or designed to be removable.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?
- Improved appearance: Dental implants look and feel like real teeth, allowing you to feel confident in your appearance.
- Better speech: Dentures can make speaking difficult. When they slip around in your mouth, they can cause your speech to sound slurred. Dental implants provide a firm foundation to prevent this issue.
- Comfortable eating: Dental implants work like natural teeth, allowing you to chew your food as if it were your real teeth.
- Improved oral health: When replacing missing teeth, implants allow other teeth to stay in place, preventing malocclusion, and thus maintaining long-term oral health.
- Convenience: Dental implants can be permanently attached, making them significantly more convenient than dentures requiring special care and adhesives.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN GETTING A DENTAL IMPLANT?
We can complete dental implants for a single tooth or many teeth. The implant is placed on the site of the tooth’s root. Once the healing process is complete, and the implant is osseointegrated, we place an abutment, which is a connection of the implant (on the bone) with the oral cavity (above the gum). This allows them to restore implant and abutment with a crown.
INVEST IN YOUR HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE
Dental implants are considered the gold standard of dental care for missing or severely damaged teeth. Implants are the only permanent solution to tooth loss. Implants are the best option currently available if you want a solution that provides the same aesthetics and function as a real tooth.
Implants are customizable depending on how many you need and require the same cleaning care as real teeth. Investing in dental implants may be right for you if you want to improve oral health and feel more confident in your smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are many questions patients have about getting dental implants. Here are some of the most common questions we hear:
Implants are placed with a local anesthetic. Placement and post-op care do not tend to involve discomfort since proper precautions are taken. Implants are made of Titanium, which is hypoallergenic. Any case of contrary reaction is due to poor oral health.
Implants are fixed in place and can last a lifetime with proper care. Most success rate is seen in patients with optimal vitamin D levels, healthy gums, good hygiene, non-smokers, and controlled systemic diseases.
It is important for patients considering dental implants to practice good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly. Implant candidates need to be healthy periodontally (gums and bone), have an optimal hygiene level, and not be active smokers.
Whether or not your insurance can cover your dental implants will depend on your plan coverage. It can always be considered and sent for approval to insurance.
Despite our best efforts at oral health, many people need dental treatment of one kind or another. MSG Dental provides expert care for patients considering dental implants. If you think dental implants are right for you, schedule your appointment today and let our experts take care of your teeth.
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