Dental care has been on the rise in the past few years, but many Americans still experience tooth loss. The primary causes of teeth loss are injuries, periodontal disease, or tooth decay. The only options for people were dentures or bridges, but a relatively new option is now available in the form of dental implants.
Understanding dental implants
Dental implants replace the roots in your teeth. They create a strong foundation for removable or permanent teeth that are designed specifically for your mouth size. They’re also available in multiple shades to ensure that they match your existing teeth. Dental implants are very durable and can last your entire lifetime if taken care of properly.
Advantages of getting dental implants
Dental implants offer numerous benefits for those who choose to get them. They are more comfortable because they’re part of your mouth and make it significantly easier to eat than dentures. Dentures slide around in your mouth and can make eating painful and uncomfortable. Another benefit is that your speech will be clearer. Dentures slip and slide in your mouth and can impact your pronunciation, causing you to slur words and making it difficult for others to understand you.
Implants also help improve your oral health. You don’t need to alter surrounding teeth to support implants like you would with a dental bridge. You get to keep more of your teeth. It’s also easier to access areas in between your teeth when brushing and flossing, prolonging the life of the rest of your natural teeth. Having a natural looking smile also improves your appearance and self-esteem since you no longer need to worry about whether people are looking at your bad teeth that need to be extracted. Since they’re permanent, you don’t have to worry about putting your teeth in every day or dealing with sticky and messy adhesive gels or pastes.
Do I qualify for dental implants?
Most people are healthy enough to undergo dental extractions or oral surgery and can get implants. You need to take care of your oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly to extend the life of your implants. People who have undergone or are currently undergoing radiation therapy, have diabetes, or smoke heavily are typically considered on an individual basis.
The process of getting implants
The first thing you need to do is meet with a dentist so they can develop an individual treatment plan. The dentist inserts a tooth root implant where your missing teeth are. The posts are made of titanium and, as the jaw heals, it grows around the post to anchor it in your jaw. This part takes from six to 12 weeks. Then a small connector is attached to the post, and the replacement tooth is attached.
Watch this short video to learn about dental implants.
Your jaw secures around the implants, making them feel like they’re part of your natural mouth. If you think dental implants are an ideal option for you, visit Mountain View Dental to get started. We have a comfortable, relaxing, and professional office environment to make your visit a pleasant experience. Schedule an appointment or call us at 385-324-3557