A dental implant is a modern alternative for bridges and dentures; it gives the appearance of natural teeth. Implants offer many advantages, but are you a candidate for dental implants?
Advantages of Dental Implants
There are several advantages of getting dental implants. Consider the following benefits:
- Improved appearance and self-esteem. Dental implants are designed to fuse with your natural bone, so not only are they permanent, but they also look and feel like your natural teeth. You can have confidence in your smile once again.
- Easier eating. Because dentures often slide around in your mouth, they can make it difficult to chew your food. Implants do not move, and they are designed to function like your own teeth, so eating your favorite will not pose a problem.
- Comfort and convenience. Since implants fuse to your own bones, they become a part of you, so they are more comfortable than other options. Plus, since they are not removable, you will not have to deal with messy adhesives or remembering to “put your teeth on.” Once the procedure is done, you will not have to think about oral care any more than you do for your natural teeth.
- Enhanced Oral Health. Your natural teeth do not have to be altered to support dental implants, nor do you have to follow special cleaning regimes to keep the implants clean — simply brush and floss as you do for your other teeth.
- Speech and durability. There is no chance that your dental implants will slip out of place, causing you to trip over your words or have pronunciation issues. They are designed to be durable enough to last a lifetime.
Dental Implant Candidate Considerations
For the most part, anyone who is healthy enough to have oral surgery is a good candidate for dental implants. There are some considerations to review with your dentist, though.
- Do you have enough of your own bone to which the implant can fuse?
- How healthy are your gums?
- Do you have the time and financial ability to visit the dentist regularly?
- Are you committed to maintaining a good oral hygiene regimen?
- Are you a heavy smoker?
- Do you have a chronic disorder — such as high cholesterol, heart disease, hypertension, or diabetes — that is not well controlled?
- Have you had a form of radiation therapy in your head or neck area?
If some of the above issues are a concern for you, do not worry. You may still be a candidate for dental implants; your dentist will evaluate your case on an individual basis and make a recommendation as to which procedure is right for you. Keep in mind that with the right attitude toward oral hygiene and health maintenance, you can enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that dental implants have up to a 98% success rate.
Dental implants are a great, modern alternative for adults who have lost their teeth due to decay, disease, or an accident. Are they the right choice for you? Only you can decide, along with your dentist. We encourage you to come in to our office and speak to our qualified dentist. Since this is a big procedure, we offer free consultations so you know the facts as well as what it will cost to have dental implants. If you have other concerns or questions about dental implants, give us a call at (907) 562-4774.