If you have dentures, you probably know about dental implants, but do you know the specifics? Are you afraid that you won’t be happy with the outcome, or are you afraid of the procedure itself? Let us walk you through the top things you need to know about getting dental implants.
1. Dental implants become a permanent part of your mouth.
Dental implants are pretty simple to understand. They are comprised of three parts: the implant, the abutment, and the replacement tooth. First, the implant is surgically placed into your gums. As the bone heals after surgery, the implant in fully integrated into your jaw, making it a permanent part of your mouth. The replacement tooth is then designed, attached to the abutment, and screwed into place. You now have a fully functioning replacement tooth—no more gaps in your smile, no more denture adhesive!
And don’t worry, our office in Carrollton, TX provides multiple levels of sedation. If you have been putting off getting dental implants, please don’t let the fear of pain stop you. We can make you very comfortable—with our IV sedation, you won’t even remember the procedure at all.
2. Implants can help you maintain the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw bone.
Implants are great for preserving your oral health for three reasons:
They are able to be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth. The ease of cleaning your implants lessens the risk of collecting bacteria. The potential for gum disease is decreased, as long as you take proper care to clean your teeth!
No need for bridges or partials that rely on the neighboring teeth for support. Sometimes these procedures require compromising perfectly healthy teeth in order to support the appliance. With implants, each tooth is a stand alone structure. There is no need to damage or add extra stress to any of your other teeth.
They stop jaw bone deterioration in its tracks. Without a tooth in its proper place in your jaw, the bone in the area begins to decay. This can pose a serious treat to other surrounding teeth—they have to have healthy bone to support them! Implants are a substitute for your natural teeth; they are fused to the jaw bone, prevent decay, and preserve its health.
3. Implants are almost 100% as strong as your natural teeth.
Because implants are attached to your jaw bone permanently, they have almost the entire strength of a natural tooth! You will no longer have to avoid gaps on one side of your mouth when you chew. You will no longer be afraid of your dentures coming loose when you eat. And you can eat whatever you want! Because implants are so realistic, you won’t even have to think about them—they will provide you plenty of chewing power for decades.
4. Dental implants can restore your confidence and make you look 10 years younger!
Implants can restore your confidence by making you look healthier and younger. If you’re missing teeth, implants will fill your mouth with teeth again, halting jaw bone decay and preserving the structure of your face. You won’t have to worry about looking older than you are—no worrying about unnecessary wrinkling or a sunken appearance.
If you currently wear dentures, implants will give you the confidence of eating and socializing in public without fear of your teeth popping out! Many people are afraid of embarrassment due to their dentures coming loose when they have meals, laugh, or sneeze. Dental implants are great way to make sure your smile always looks great, with no worry that your teeth will embarrass you. And don’t forget that implants are almost as strong as your natural teeth, so you can grin as you dig into a mouthwatering steak. You will no longer need to order soft, tasteless food—you can eat anything you want.
Dental implants truly are life-altering if you are missing one or multiple teeth or are struggling through life with dentures. Our office can help you get on track to getting new, permanent teeth.
Implants are one of the quickest ways to gain back the smile you lost. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation. There is no need to let missing teeth or dentures ruin your diet and self-esteem when we have a solution for you. Dental implants will help you live a happier, healthier life.