According to the American Dental Association, an estimated 70% of Americans between the ages of 35 – 45 have at least one missing tooth and a quarter of the population over the age of 75 has lost all of their teeth.
Many of those with missing teeth choose to wear dentures instead of getting implants because of the cost. The biggest problem with dentures is that they cause the jawbone to deteriorate over time, eventually causing facial sagging and premature aging.
Dental implants are the best option to replace missing teeth because they prevent bone loss, shifting of other teeth, and further tooth loss. If you’ve been wondering whether or not dental implants are right for you, read on to learn more about this procedure.
Dental Implant Facts
- Dental implants are the only option for replacing missing teeth that provide the same feel, look, and functionality of natural teeth.
- Contemporary dental implants have been used for decades and continue to become safer, longer lasting, and more affordable.
- Dental implants consist of a small titanium cylinder, which is anchored into the jawbone under the gums. Once that heals, about 4 months later, an abutment and crown is attached to the implant.
- Dental implants can’t get cavities, but they still do need to be brushed and flossed like real teeth to maintain good oral health.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Dental implants feel just like real teeth, so you can talk, eat and smile with confidence.
- You don’t have to remove teeth and clean them daily, as you do with dentures.
- They can last a lifetime and often end up costing less than regularly replacing dentures or bridges.
- Surgery is quick and many patients report little to no pain. Most people can go back to work the next day.
- They look real, just like natural teeth. No one will be able to tell you have implants, unlike dentures.
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