It goes without saying healthy teeth are important. Your smile is your calling card to the world, and healthy teeth and gums help you chew, eat, and speak properly. While your teeth are some of the strongest structures in the human body and will last a lifetime if well cared for, sometimes accidents do happen. When life takes a toll on your teeth and permanent damage occurs, your dentist may suggest a dental implant as a way of repairing it. This, however, may raise a host of questions: What is a dental implant? How do they work? What will they do for me? We’re going to go over some of those questions here so you’ll be a bit better informed about dental implants and whether or not they may be the right choice for you.
More Than Dentures
Dental implants differ from dentures and most bridges in that while they are replacement teeth, they are intended to be permanent. Affixed surgically to the jaw, dental implants are meant to last a lifetime and for all intents and purposes function and feel just like a real tooth. The method used to do this is actually pretty interesting in and of itself: a titanium post is surgically implanted in the jawbone, functioning much like a natural tooth’s root would and holding everything in place. When that has healed in place, an artificial tooth is added and affixed permanently to the titanium post. That’s the end of that process; from there you can treat your new tooth just like the real thing!
Dental implants offer a number of advantages over traditional dentures or bridges. They allow for a more natural appearance and feel, avoiding some of the more annoying issues often found with dentures. They are more comfortable, both while eating—which is much easier with dental implants—and for overall day to day wear. They avoid some of the speech issues often found with dentures: in particular poor-fitting dentures can cause the wearer to mumble or misspeak, which can undermine their ability to communicate or take part in social activities. As a cumulative result of these last few advantages, dental implants often improve the self-esteem of the wearer, which may not be true for some folks with dentures. All of this results in improved dental health and a better quality of life, which are the key goals for dentistry!
How Well Do Dental Implants Work?
There’s further good news—dental implants have a high success rate (up to 98%). With proper care and cleaning, they function just like a regular tooth and provide a lifetime of service and a healthy smile. While not everyone is a candidate for dental implants—some health issues may preclude their use—for many people they’re a strong alternative to dentures or bridges.
Give Us A Call
At Queen City Dental Arts, we’re here to ensure your smile lasts a lifetime and you enjoy the best treatment dentistry has to offer. Whether you’re curious about dental implants or just need a regular cleaning and checkup, our staff is here to help. Get in touch today to make an appointment!