The truth about dental implants can feel elusive if you’re just learning that you might need one or more of them. We have good news. Dental implants are becoming more common and our techniques have advanced to make the process easier with lasting results.
For those who feel self-conscious about lost teeth, dental implants offer a permanent solution that look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. For many in the United States, tooth loss is not uncommon. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in five adults aged 65 or older have lost all their teeth. For many, tooth loss causes embarrassment, and at worst, it hinders the ability to speak clearly and eat.
Many people opt for dentures and bridges as a temporary fix for tooth loss, but these bring problems of their own. The natural tooth root doesn’t support bridgework or dentures, so they tend to slip around and cause discomfort and irritation. Because of this, bridge and denture wearers often find they make frequent visits the dentist for adjustments and repairs.
When should you consider dental implants
Dental implants are a permanent solution that resemble real teeth. A dental implant replaces the (lost) root of your tooth. Each dental implant is made of titanium, which is a biocompatible material. Over time, your dental implant fuses with the bone in your mouth for a stable tooth foundation. A small peg is inserted into your titanium implant above your gum line and a tooth-colored crown is then place on top completing the restoration of your missing tooth.
There are a number of reasons that make dental implants a good option for patients:
- Replacing missing teeth restores chewing function and the appearance of your smile
- Dental implants help preserve the bones in your mouth, preventing additional tooth loss
- Dentures and / or bridges are uncomfortable, ineffective and unbecoming
- You suffer from periodontal disease and ongoing infection. Dental implants relieve pain and prevent more serious health problems
Dental implants and your health
If you are considering dental implants, those made of titanium are recommended by dentists as the strongest, longest-lasting option. Because titanium is biocompatible, it fuses into the bone which heals tightly around the titanium screws. This makes titanium implants an attractive permanent solution for many people, including those with underlying health problems.
If you are a patient with other serious health issues, you’ll want to take special care to work with a dentist who understands the effects and implications of conditions like heart disease and diabetes on dental health.
Dr. Don Jayne, Bellevue Dentist specializes in the treatment of patients with complicated health problems. He began his career in a surgical residency and is an instructor at the KOIS Center, who teaches others about the latest advances in implant and restorative dentistry.
If you are ready to replace your missing teeth, please get in touch to schedule a visit with Dr. Jayne today.