A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge, Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth due to periodontal disease, an injury or some other reason.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?
- Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
- Improved speech. With poor - fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
- Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult, Dental Implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
- Improved self esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
CAN ANYONE GET DENTAL IMPLANTS?
In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders, such as diabetes or heart disease, or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis. If you are considering implants, talk to your dentist to see if they are right for you.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER RECEIVING A DENTAL IMPLANT?
As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implants clean and plaque-free brushing and flossing still apply.
After treatment, your periodontist will work closely with you and your dentist to develop the best care plan for you. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.