Are Dental Implants Right For Me?

Dental_ImplantLiving in our modern world can be wonderful, especially when it comes to the variety of treatments available for common dental challenges. However, any time we have a range of options, confusion and “choice overload” can occur. If you need to replace a lost tooth or teeth, for example, you now have at least three potential choices – dentures, a tooth-supported bridge, or dental implants.

While each of these options has its merits, dental implants are rapidly becoming the preferred treatment of dentists. This post examines why dental implants might be right for you.

Why Dentists Recommend Dental Implants

  • Implants help avoid bone loss. Unlike dentures or bridges, the implant is anchored to your jawbone, which stimulates it and ensures it continues to make new bone as you use your implanted tooth.
  • Implants are a long-term solution. At best, dentures will need to be replaced every few years, and bridges can last seven to 10 years with good care. But implants, if placed properly and cared for well by the patient, can last a lifetime!
  • Implants don’t damage healthy teeth. The major disadvantage to tooth-supported bridges is that they require alteration of the teeth on either side of the bridge to make them suitable “anchors” for the restoration. This can lead to issues with tooth decay in the natural teeth.
  • Implants look and feel and behave like natural teeth. You can chew, speak and smile with dental implants just as you would with natural teeth. An added bonus is that implanted teeth help maintain your face’s natural shape, avoiding the facial “sag” that can happen after receiving removable dentures.
  • Implants cannot get cavities! While patients who receive implants still need to maintain their oral health regimen to protect their remaining natural teeth and gums, it’s nice to know that the implanted teeth are impervious to tooth decay. 

Factors To Considerable

  • There needs to be enough bone density in your jaw to ensure the dental implant will anchor itself properly. If you’re suffering from osteoporosis or other bone loss conditions, bone grafts may need to be applied or other options may need to be reviewed.
  • Other health factors that can impact the success of a dental implant include diabetes and receiving radiation treatments.

“Dental implants offer a sustainable solution to tooth loss and have an outstanding track record of reliability,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix.

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