During your latest family reunion, you were looking forward to meeting distant relatives and getting to know everyone a little better. The only problem was, the entire time you were self-conscious of your dentures slipping and shifting in your mouth. Mid-conversation with one of your relatives from across the country, you slurred your words and flushed red with embarrassment. You weren’t even able to enjoy the smorgasbord of snacks spread across the table. Dental implants may be the restorative option for you. Learn about the countless benefits they have to offer you below.
What are Dental Implants?
If you aren’t happy with other restorative options that you’ve had in the past, you may consider getting dental implants. Whether you’re missing one tooth, multiple, or all your teeth, they can provide you with a stable solution and countless benefits.
Unlike other options, dental implants artificially replace your tooth roots with titanium posts that are placed in your jawbone. The posts provide your replacement teeth with a sturdy non-slipping or shifting foundation to be placed on top of.
What are Some Important Implant Terms to Know?
There are multiple parts that make up a dental implant. To make it easier to visualize, here’s the definition of each component:
- Titanium post – this is placed in your jawbone to simulate your tooth’s root. Not only are few people allergic to titanium, but it’s also lightweight and puts less pressure on your bone.
- Abutment—a connector that is placed on top of your titanium post to attach the replacement tooth.
- Crown—this is a replacement for a single tooth. If you’ve lost a tooth due to infection or decay, your dentist will fit a crown over the top of your existing teeth or attach it to your abutment.
- Dentures—these can either be removable, or implant-supported. If they’re attached to implants, they act as normal teeth would and require little to no special care. They’re also sturdily supported by the titanium posts.
- Osseointegration—this is a process that allows your dental implants to fuse with your jaw bone, encouraging growth and improved strength.
You may hear these terms when you visit your dentist for a consultation to discuss how dental implants can benefit your overall oral health.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Most people gravitate towards getting dental implants because they offer the most benefits compared to other restorative options. Not only do they preserve your oral health, but also your overall health. Surgically placed implants that replace your tooth’s root allows you several benefits that aren’t possible with traditional options, including:
- When taken care of properly, they can last 10 to 15 years.
- Boasts a 95% 10-year success rate.
- Restores up to 70% of your natural bite force.
- Natural look and feel.
- Encourages bone and tissue growth.
- Improves oral health.
- Doesn’t alter existing natural teeth.
You can regain your self-confidence and great oral health by investing in your smile with dental implants. The first step is to schedule a consultation with your dentist so you can discuss what you’d like to accomplish by getting the procedure. You can also ask any questions you may have so you feel confident in your decision.
About the Author
Dr. Neely Davis chose to become a dentist because of her passion for helping others. She is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and specializes in implant placement and restoration. She’s also a member of The American Academy of Implant Dentistry, so no matter what your restoration needs are, you’re sure to feel safe in her hands! For any questions or to schedule a consultation, visit Thornton Dental Wellness’ website or contact 770-422-7727.