Tooth loss is a common occurrence. From acute accidents like falling and losing a tooth to chronic diseases like periodontal disease, most adults will experience some form of tooth loss in their lifetime. Because missing teeth can affect self-confidence, speech, the shape of one’s face, and overall oral health, it is important to seek out treatment for the loss of teeth.
There are many reasons why someone would seek out a dental implant instead of a bridge or dentures. Not only are implants easier to maintain than dentures, they are also much more comfortable and do not require removing false teeth to eat certain foods. Additionally, dental implants preserve facial structure, can improve speech, are more comfortable than other teeth replacements, and protect the gums. With a 98% success rate, it is no surprise that many people turn to dental implants when they experience tooth loss.
For over thirty years, dental implants have been commonplace in dental offices. They are the closest one can get to having natural teeth. In natural teeth, roots connect teeth to the jawbone. This keeps them healthy and stable. Dental implants mimic a natural teeth but instead of roots, implants have screws. These screws are placed into and bond with the jawbone. Implants act as bases for crowns, custom-made artificial teeth that mimic your natural teeth.
When determining your eligibility, there are certain factors that your dentist will look for to see if dental implants are the right course of treatment for you. These factors include:
When speaking with your dentist about whether or not you are eligible for dental implants, consider asking him or her some additional questions in order to give you some peace of mind. Good questions to ask are:
Dentists welcome questions from their patients. Do not be afraid to ask about the procedure and to express any concerns you may have about the overall process. Remember that brushing and flossing your teeth daily, and visiting your dentist for routine check-ups, is the best thing that you can do to ensure that your mouth and teeth are happy and healthy. Dental implants are built to last. With some daily TLC, you should be able to preserve your implants for years to come.