If you have missing teeth, there are many tooth replacement options out there for you. Having missing teeth can not only impact your self-confidence, but it can also negatively impact the rest of your oral health and cause more issues in the long run.
One popular permanent solution to replace missing teeth is dental implants. They don’t just replace the physical tooth, but also the tooth’s root as it’s surgically attached to your jawbone. This may seem scary at first, especially if you’re not big on oral surgery (or any kind of surgery for that matter), but trust us, you’ll want to learn more about how this procedure offers patients a natural-looking, long-term tooth replacement option.
The Negative Impacts of Missing Teeth
1. Lowers Self-Confidence
2. Causes Shifting
3. Changes Facial Structure
4. Affects Jawbone
5. Causes Bite & Digestion Issues
How Dental Implants Work
The dental implant itself is a titanium post, or screw, that is surgically attached to your jawbone. This isn’t a complicated procedure unless you don’t have healthy gums surrounding the implant site, or if you don’t have a strong jawbone. Other factors can come into play too like if you’re a heavy smoker, are taking blood thinners, or have certain medical conditions.
A small slit will be made in your gums after having local anesthesia applied. After which, your dentist will screw the metal post into your jawbone and stitch up the cut. Once this is healed, you’ll receive a tooth replacement, such as a dental crown, that will look just like your natural teeth. The healing process is different for everyone, however, typically patients can expect to fully heal after 4-6 months.
The Dental Implant Failure Rate Is Low
Dental Crowns May Need To Be Replaced
Are Dental Implants Right For You?
Dental implant surgery can be quite simple depending on if you have good overall oral health. Things like bone loss or having pre-existing medical conditions can negatively impact the implant placement procedure and cause them to fail. However, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98% for a reason. They’re an extremely popular tooth replacement system that mimics natural teeth. But how long do dental implants last? In fact, they can actually last a lifetime if properly maintained and in the absence of certain medical conditions. Dental crowns may need to be touched up after 10-15 years.
If you’re curious about dental implants and if they’re the right solution for you, speak to our dentist for more detail. We want to help you improve your self-confidence and achieve an overall healthy and happy smile.