You shouldn’t feel embarrassed about losing teeth. Close to 36 million Americans don’t have any, and 120 million are missing at least one. Despite improved dental care, tooth loss is still fairly common. We may not have eliminated tooth loss, but we do have a great way to replace lost teeth.
Dental implants offer you a lifelong solution to tooth loss that has a 98 percent success rate. That’s because of the smart design that actually interfaces with your own body. Dental implants are comprised of two main components, the titanium implant, and the ceramic crown. After the implant has been inserted into your jaw bone, it begins to undergo a process known as osseointegration, where tissue and bone fuses to the titanium.
Despite dental implants being a solid treatment option for replacing missing teeth, many are afraid of the procedure. If you’re one of them, this blog is for you. Here are four reasons to consider dental implants.
The Procedure Is Easier Than You Think
People worry that the dental implant procedure is going to be painful. It sounds like it, right? But the truth is that the procedure is not as bad as you think. With local anesthesia, you likely won’t feel much of anything during the procedure. And during recovery, the discomfort is less than that for tooth extraction. Since we can place implants at the same time as we extract natural teeth, it’s almost like there’s no discomfort. The procedure becomes very convenient. Plus, you never have to be without teeth!
They’re Easy to Care For
If you’ve been considering tooth loss treatment for some time, then you’ve probably heard of how difficult traditional dentures can be to take care of. Not only do they tend to become dislodged when eating and sometimes speaking, they also require nightly cleaning, and several other procedures to make sure they function. Dental implants, on the other hand, are incredibly easy to care for. Simply continue to brush, floss, and use mouthwash as you normally would, as well as continuing to see your dentist for your checkup and cleaning every six months.
They’re Aesthetically Pleasing
Some patients considering dental implants may be hesitant because they imagine the implants will look fake or distracting. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. When the titanium implant has healed, fully integrating with the jaw, a custom made ceramic crown is attached to the implant that has been made to match the shape and color of your other teeth. Because it’s made out of ceramic, the luster also mimics that of natural tooth enamel.
They’re Lower Cost Comparatively
Another major concern for some patients is cost. While dental implants can be expensive for some, in the long run, they can be considerable cheaper. That’s because while traditional dentures must be replaced after 5 to 7 years, dental implants that have been properly cared for can last a lifetime. Adjustments may be necessary once a decade or so, but they can easily last 30 years or more.
Another benefit to dental implants are the way they can save bone density. Our jaws generally use stem cells to repair themselves, stimulating these into action through constant stimulation applied by the roots or our teeth. When this stimulation disappears, however, our jaws no longer regenerate themselves, and can begin to lose bone mass, causing our cheeks to appear sunken. Dental implants prevent this by functioning much like a normal tooth. Plus, you can bite and chew normally, which helps you stay healthy and avoid future medical costs.
Do you want to learn whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants? Please call 940-322-2252 or contact us today for an appointment with an implant dentist at StarImage Dentistry in Wichita Falls, TX.