Dental implants are built to last a lifetime.
When properly placed and cared for, dental implants can last for many years. Periodic adjustments may be required, but they are generally low or no-cost.
Implants look & feel natural.
With implants, you can increase your confidence when speaking, smiling, and chewing. They will also allow you to maintain the natural shape of your face and smile.
Strong bite, strong jaw, silent function.
Unlike dentures, dental implants will not slip. There’s no repositioning, smacking, or clicking. Each bite will be taken with confidence, no matter which food you choose.
So let’s take a closer look…here are the three primary pieces:
A traditional fixed bridge, which is supported by surrounding teeth, is one of the most common alternatives to the dental implant-supported restoration of a single tooth.
However, this option has several disadvantages when compared to dental implants.
Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges only last five to seven years. With proper care, they can last more than 10 years but at some point, they may need to be replaced.
Sounds good, but am I even eligible for dental implants?
Your doctor will evaluate your candidacy by discussing your medical history, concerns, and goals. Certain factors can negatively impact your candidacy for implants, including:
Smoking inhibits your body's ability to heal properly. It can also increase your risk of experiencing implant failure.
Healthy gums provide a strong foundation for dental implants. Your doctor may recommend preliminary periodontal treatment.
Diabetes and other medical conditions can make surgery risky and inhibit healing. Be sure to discuss your health history with your dentist.
How long is it going to take?
Show me what I can expect during the procedure...
What does the end result look like?
Can you tell the difference?
Though restorations will eventually need to be replaced, dental implants could last the rest of your life if you care for them properly. Immediately after surgery, make sure to:
Notify your doctor of any signs of potential infection, such as increased pain or swelling.
Restorations can be fixed or removable, and your dentist will review specific care instructions with you following restoration. Over the long-term, patients should adopt a healthy lifestyle, refrain from using tobacco, and make sure to regularly visit their dentist for cleanings and check-ups.
I'm embarrassed I need treatment for missing teeth in the first place...
After age 65, the average adult has lost more than 13 teeth and is left with a mere 18.90 natural teeth.
The cost of traditional tooth-supported dental bridges adds up because they need to be replaced every 5-10 years.
While implants are not the most affordable solution, they are the most durable and closest to the form and function of a natural tooth.
There are so many choices...don't get overwhelmed by the options. Schedule a consultation to talk to a dentist and get a personalized treatment recommendation.
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