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All about Dental Implants: what you need to know

Despite improvements in dental care, millions of people suffer tooth loss. Mostly due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. But, today, dental implants are available.

All about dental implants

They are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.

What Are the Advantages:

There are many advantages, including:

  • Improved appearance: It look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
  • Improved speech: They allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
  • Improved comfort: Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
  • Easier eating: Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.

How successful they are:

Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care (see below), implants can last a lifetime.

Can anyone get an Implant?

In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis.

How painful it is:

Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved in the procedure. Local anesthesia can be used during the procedure. And most patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction.

After all, take care.

Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and regular check-ups.

 

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