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Considering dental implants? Here’s what you need to know
Dental implants are a big decision – and one that could potentially change your life. Educating yourself on the process before you get started will help ensure a positive experience. Make sure you’re physically, mentally, and emotionally ready to see implant success.
A consultation with an implant provider will give you information based on your personal oral health and dental needs. But learning more before your appointment will help you ask informed questions and get the most out of your treatment. Our Dalton implant dentist has some tips below to help you begin – get in touch to find answers to any of your questions.
Why Patients Love Dental Implants
Patients choose dental implants for many reasons. The most important relate to their quality of life. After tooth loss, comprehensive tooth replacement can be tricky. Because implants attach to your jaw structure, they lend your restorations heightened stability and make prosthetics look and feel more natural.
Dental implants offer patients
- Highly functional new teeth – Whether you pair implants with dentures, a partial, a bridge, or even single crowns, they’ll make your restorations feel like the real thing. You’ll be able to speak, bite, and chew with ease.
- Confidence – You’ll be more self-assured when you have your implants and restorations in place. They’ll blend with your natural teeth, and make you feel like you’ve got your old smile back. And since implants function so well, you won’t have to worry about a thing.
- A way to move past common denture issues – Dentures can slip, click, feel loose, and fail you in so many ways. Implants provide an anchor for dentures, holding them against the jaw and eliminating these concerns.
- Long-term health – Implants become integrated with your jaw bone over time. They support the bone tissue that’s in place, and help prevent resorption (when osseous tissue dissolves into the bloodstream after tooth loss). The implant’s stimulation of your jaw bone helps preserve your jaw and facial structure.
- A cost-effective restorative solution – Implants may have a higher initial cost than some other options, but once they’re in place, they last. Implant success rate are high, and with proper cleaning, they can stay in place for life. Just be sure to schedule routine exams so that your dentist can monitor your implants.
Your Dental Implant Candidacy
Remember – don’t rule out implants until you’ve met with a provider. Advanced imaging using x-rays, CT scans, or a combination of the two will identify the presence of adequate bone tissue. If implants aren’t right for you, it may be related to some of the following –
- Radiation exposure
- Tobacco use
- Gum disease
These concerns can interfere with proper implant integration, and prevent them from fusing to your jaw bone.
If you have any interest in implants, you owe it to yourself to learn more – and we’re here to get you answers. Connect with us today.