Dental implants provide a permanent solution to missing teeth that have the same feel and look as your natural teeth. Even though advancements in dental care have evolved, many individuals still suffer tooth loss as a result of gum disease (gingivitis), injury or tooth decay. Before, patients that experienced missing teeth were limited to wearing dentures or a bridge. However, dental implants offer a better alternative.
A dental implant serves as a replacement of a missing tooth. It is positioned in bone to create a strong foundation. Once the implant has healed, a permanent (fixed) replacement tooth is installed over the implant. For information on The American Dental Association, please refer to WIKI ADA
Dental Implants Benefits
There are significant benefits to having a dental implant, versus all the other available options. These benefits include:
• Enhanced Appearance – Dental implants have the feel and look of natural teeth. Fused directly into the bone, these implants enhance the patient’s appearance.
• Improved Speech – Patients can now avoid wearing poorly-fitted dentures where teeth slip inside the mouth causing slurred or mumbled words. Quality dental implants make speaking easier so the patient can avoid worrying about slipping bridges or dentures.
• Enhanced Comfort – The dental implant becomes a part of the patient, where the removal of dentures or bridges is no longer necessary. The implant enhances comfort.
• Easier Chewing – Dentures often make chewing when eating difficult. Because a dental implant functions much like the patient’s own teeth, he or she can eat all types of foods without pain or worry.
• Enhanced Self-Esteem – A dental implant replacing a missing tooth brings back the patient’s smile and helps to enhance his or her self-esteem.
• Better Oral Health – Typically, a bridge requires the need to reduce surrounding teeth to provide support. Dentures often require the extraction of all lower or upper teeth. Alternatively, a dental implant is a permanent solution that does not require altering or extracting surrounding teeth. This leads to improved long-term oral health and increased oral hygiene.
• Durable and Strong – A dental implant is built to be durable and strong. With proper care, it can last a lifetime.
• Ultimate Convenience – Dentures and bridges are designed to be removable for cleaning and comfort. Alternatively, a dental implant provides a higher level of convenience because it does not require messy adhesives or other mechanisms to keep the teeth firmly in place.
A Successful Alternative
Dental implants have high success rates of over 98 percent. This success rate is far superior to other dental alternatives. They are available to nearly every patient that has substantial bone in the area of the missing tooth to ensure the implant can be held securely. In addition, the patient must remain committed to maintaining proper oral hygiene and be available for routine dental visits.
Most patients receiving dental implants indicate there is minimal discomfort when having the procedure. Typically, only a local anesthesia is used. The procedure usually produces much less pain when compared to a tooth extraction. Patients often report that there was a mild soreness at the side of the dental implant once the local anesthesia wore off.
Now that you are aware that you do have an alternative to dentures or a bridge, you can now make a more informed decision and hopefully, get a better smile by using dental implants.