Getting dental implants can make a huge difference in your life. They can improve your quality of life, strengthen your mouth and do your oral health a world of good.
At Dental Specialty Associates, we’ve seen firsthand just how much dental implants can improve the lives of our patients. If you’re thinking of getting a dental implant, here are five things you should know about them.
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#1. It will take time
Getting dental implants can be a lengthy process. It often requires a few visits, and there is a healing period afterwards. Dental implants are a surgical procedure, so it takes time to prep your mouth for the implant and for it to recover afterwards. The surgery and visits are worth the trouble in the long run, though.
#2. They can improve your health
Dental implants aren’t just for replacing lost teeth. They also do a great job at restoring your mouth to a healthy state by keeping all your teeth in place. When there’s a gap in your teeth, your other teeth start to shift to fill that gap in. That can cause overcrowding, crooked teeth, and could lead to gum disease and a loss in jawbone density. Because the implant is bonds to your jawbone, it stimulates healthy bone formation and preserves the integrity of your mouth.
#3. They’re a permanent solution
There are several different options for teeth replacement, but none of them are as long lasting and durable as dental implants. Bridges and crowns can break and may need replacing over time. Once an implant is successfully put in, it should last you for the rest of your life so long as you take care of it.
#4. They look as good as the real thing
Another serious benefit of implants is that they look just like a real tooth. No other tooth replacement procedure looks as convincingly authentic as a dental implant. To the naked eye, you couldn’t tell the difference between an implant and a natural tooth.
#5. They won’t slip
A dentist will fix the implants in place, permanently anchoring itself in your mouth. This makes them an appealing alternative to dentures. With dentures, there’s always the concern that they may slip out at the worst possible moment, or that they’ll have to be taken out at certain points to clean them up. Once a dental implant is in, it’s in forever and it isn’t going anywhere.
If you have any questions about our implants, feel free to give Dental Specialty Associates a call at 602-795-5995.