Dentistry has improved drastically over the last decades, but despite all this, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss each year as a result of gum disease, injuries, and tooth decay. A long time ago, the only option for missing teeth were the dentures and bridges, but today, more and more people are choosing to undergo a dental implant procedure.
What are dental implants?
Implants are replacement tooth roots. The dental implant will provide a firm foundation for permanent (fixed) or removable replacement teeth. The cover of the implant will be made out of a material that will match the natural color of your teeth.
The advantages of dental implants
Dental implants have a lot of benefits, including:
- Improved appearance. The people who have dental implants do not feel any difference between the fake and natural teeth. The implant is designed to fuse with the bone, becoming permanent.
- Improved comfort. Because the implant fuses with the bone, it will become part of you. As a result, the discomfort from removable dentures will be eliminated.
- Improved speech. Fitting dentures can cause the teeth to slip within the mouth, causing you to mumble or slur the words. Dental implants are fixed and will never cause speech problems.
- Improved oral health. Dental implants do not require any work on the adjacent teeth, such as with tooth-supported bridges. Because of this, you will have a better oral health.
- Improved self-esteem. The dental implant will help you get back the smile you once felt good about, or it can even improve your dental appearance.
- Durability. Dental implants are extremely durable, and with the right care, they could last a lifetime.
- Dental implants do not require you to remove them and apply adhesives to keep them in place, such as with removable dentures.
- No extra effort. Dental implants require the same good care as real teeth, including brushing twice a day, flossing and rinsing.
Who can get a dental implant?
The only way of knowing if you can get a dental implant is to get examined by a dentist. In general, most people with a good oral health can undergo the oral surgery needed for a dental implant. If your gums are healthy and you have enough bone to hold the implant in place, you may be subject to a dental implant surgery. If you have a dental implant, you need to keep a good oral hygiene and do regular dental visits. People who have diabetes, heart disease, or who are heavy smokers need to be evaluated before being able to say if they can get a dental implant or not.
Are dental implants painful?
Most people who receive a dental implant say that they have little or no oral discomfort. The procedure is done with the help of anesthesia and patients say that they felt less pain than in a tooth extraction. After the dental implant procedure, it is possible to have a mild soreness, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications, like Motrin or Tylenol.
Your dentist can determine if you are a viable candidate for a dental implant after an accurate examination.