Benefits Of Dental Implants
Without stopping to count, do you know how many teeth you have in your mouth? If you have the privilege of having all of your permanent teeth, then you should have 32 teeth in your mouth. However, not everyone is so fortunate. On average, Americans between the ages of 25 and 64 are missing seven of their permanent adult teeth and only have 25 remaining. When you have tooth loss, it is understandable to feel a little bit of shame and embarrassment about it. Please know that there is no reason to be embarrassed, however. Tooth loss is extremely common, and when we here at Rai Oral Surgery & Dental Implants meet a patient with missing teeth, we like to educate them about the benefits of dental implants.
What Makes Dental Implants a Superior Choice?
Before you can understand why a dental implant may be a better fit for you, it is important that you first understand what they are. Before we tell you what a dental implant is, we would first like to explain to you what they are not.
A dental implant is not a denture, a bridge, or a partial. Instead, they are a permanent prosthetic that is surgically placed into your mouth, giving you a lasting and natural-looking alternative to your real tooth. To place a dental implant, we will first begin by surgically placing an incision into your gumline to access your jawbone.
We will then place a titanium screw into your bone. We choose titanium because your body will not reject it; as a matter of fact, it will fuse and attach to the titanium screw in a process called osseointegration, making the implant stronger and sturdier in your mouth. Your surgical site will then heal, which can take up to six months. Finally, we will place a restoration (or a crown) to the post through a middle attachment known as an abutment.
Dental implants are vastly superior to dentures in many ways. Dentures do not preserve your gum tissue or bone material in your mouth, which means that you may start to experience gum shrinkage and even bone loss. This can not only lead to further tooth loss due to the remaining teeth shifting and drifting into the open gap; you may start to experience a reduced quality of life. Dentures do not allow you to enjoy your favorite foods, and you may develop speech problems because of them. They are also inconvenient and need to be replaced every seven to ten years.
How Long Do They Last?
Dental implants will last you the rest of your life if you take good care of it. This procedure is quite safe and routine and has a 98 percent success rate. They are durable and attractive and can help keep you feeling attractive, as they will help prevent a prematurely aged and sunken look in your face that often accompanies tooth loss. They will not slip out when you are eating and talking, and they are quite comfortable. All in all, they are an excellent choice for many of our patients!
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and how they can benefit you, please give us here at Rai Oral Surgery & Dental Implants a call at (757) 777-9883 today!