Dental implants are one of the most technologically advanced solutions for missing and damaged teeth today. However, you may be wondering, are they safe?
Here are some statistics about dental implants, plus their advantages over other solutions, and what to expect if you choose dental implants.
Dental implants are the most advanced option available to replace severely damaged or missing teeth. They are 95-98% successful. The key? Finding the right dentist.
According to Mayo Clinic, “problems are rare [...] and when they do occur they’re usually minor and easily treated.”
To decrease your risk of infection after surgery, make sure to take excellent care of your oral health. See your dentist regularly, and avoid chewing ice and hard candies with your teeth and implants.
Comparing your Options
How do they compare to other options?
Dental implants are safer than dental bridges, which place additional stress on the teeth they are anchored to, and which also may be compromised if the supporting teeth are damaged or get cavities.
In addition, while you may experience bone loss over time with dentures, dental implants fully integrate with your jaw and stimulate continued bone growth. Avoid the sunken-in look that often accompanies dentures.
Other Advantages of Dental Implants
1. They’re strong. Since they integrate fully into your jaw, they work like a natural tooth and are designed for heavy lifting.
2. They’re durable. Dental implants are typically made out of a titanium base and ceramic crown, making them as strong as regular teeth.
Remember, dental implants are strong, but still need to be treated with care. Treat them like real teeth, and avoid chewing ice, cracking hard nuts, and opening packages with your dental implants.
3. They’re affordable. Up front, the cost of dental implants can seem expensive. However, since they may last a lifetime, they are very cost-effective in the long run. In contrast, you’ll end up paying for new dentures approximately every 10 years.
What to Expect With Dental Implants
Although the process usually takes at least six months from start to finish, it is well worth the time and investment.
What can you expect during the process? How long will each stage last? Check out our guide to dental implants from start to finish.
Life After Dental Implants
One of the main benefits that our patients cite is the ability to eat a normal diet after dental implant surgery.
Many patients also appreciate the hassle-free nature of dental implants. Since they do not need special care, simply brush and floss like normal. Your dentist may use different instruments on the implants when you go in for a checkup since they’re made of different material than your real teeth, but this is as big of a difference as you should notice!
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
To get dental implants, there are certain health requirements you must meet. If you have thin bone, you are still a candidate for dental implants, but may possibly need a bone graft. You must also have healthy gum tissue.
Dental implants offer a revolutionary alternative to dentures and other removable dental solutions.
You deserve a great smile. Learn more about your options for missing, cracked, and damaged teeth in our Complete Guide to Dental Implants.