Think you might need a dental implant? Here’s what you need to know.
- Posted on: May 25 2015
If they are not aching, most people do not spend much time worrying about their teeth. With a little attention, our teeth usually stay healthy and intact. Yet, when things do go wrong, it does not take long before we realize the tremendous value they hold in our daily lives.
Some issues, such as tooth decay and root inflammation, can be treated with relatively simple procedures. However, what happens when you completely lose one or more teeth?
A suitable answer to that is often dental implants. Dental implants are prosthetics that replace both the crown and the root of a tooth. They can be used to replace a tooth that is beyond repair, or even one that was originally missing. The procedure to have an implant placed can be done in a handful of visits, and in all likelihood it will last you a lifetime.
According to a study published in the Journal of Endodontics, current day dental implants have over a 98% success rate.
After completing dental implant procedure, it is important to keep up your oral hygiene. This includes refraining from smoking and meticulously brushing and flossing around the implant.
The best candidates for implants are those whose jaws have stopped growing (which usually occurs after adolescence) and have enough healthy jaw for the implant to be placed. In older patients, implants can be a better alternative to dentures or a bridge to replace missing or failing teeth. However, young adults who have lost teeth in an accident or another mishap also make great candidates for the procedure.
If you are tired of grimacing in front of the camera to hide a missing tooth, or are experiencing constant pain and have trouble eating, a dental implant may be your saving grace. Talk to your dentist and see if the procedure is right for you.
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