Making the decision to get dental implants to replace missing teeth is a wise one. In fact, half a million Americans opt for dental implants every year. This type of permanent tooth replacement is the ideal solution for people who lead active lives and want their smiles to look and feel natural.
Dental implants are strong, and with excellent oral hygiene practices, they can last a lifetime. The convenience of having a permanently fixed dental implant over removable dentures is one of the major reasons implants remain so popular. There are no messy adhesives and no special care beyond your usual brushing and flossing routine.
There can be a significant time investment in obtaining your dental implants, more than a few months in many cases, but the outcome is worth it. Your smile and confidence both get a boost, and no one will ever know your dental implants aren’t your natural teeth. They won’t slip or affect your speech, and they don’t cause rubbing or abrasions inside your mouth as dentures sometimes do.
3 facts about dental implants that may interest you
Now that you’re more informed about dental implants, we’d like to share a little more about these remarkable replacements for your natural teeth that give you so much to smile about. Here are just a few more interesting facts about dental implants that you may not be aware of.
1. Dental implants are made of some strong stuff
Your dental implant is made from titanium, in most cases. Titanium (Yep, the “space shuttle material”) is the number one choice for dental implants, not only for its strength and durability but also because it closely mimics bone tissue. Titanium integrates easily into the bone structure, and the bone tissue fuses around the titanium post as though it belongs there. This process is called osseointegration and allows your implant to stand alone, rooted into the jawbone, just like your natural teeth.
2. Implants help preserve your jawbone tissue
Tooth loss is often caused by gum disease or severe tooth decay. When you lose a tooth, you risk the health of the bone tissue that holds it in place. Bacteria can seep below the gum line, weakening the bone. The absence of pressure from chewing eventually leads to a loss in bone mass, which can threaten your remaining teeth and your overall health. When you fill the empty space in the jawbone with a dental implant, the growth of new bone tissue is stimulated. This new tissue not only provides solid support for your implant, but the improved bone mass offers extra support and strength for your remaining teeth.
3. Dental implants look, feel, and function like your natural teeth
Your dental implant is an entirely separate tooth, and no one will be able to tell it’s a prosthetic tooth. Unlike a bridge or partial denture, it’s not necessary to alter a support tooth in order to attach anything. Since your dental implant is a separate tooth you can brush and floss just as you would for your natural teeth. There’s no special cleaning tool required and no involved soaking or cleaning regimen needed. Just brush, floss, rinse, and see your preferred dentist at MediDental Care twice a year.
The process includes surgery
Installing your dental implant does require a surgical procedure. You can begin the process by scheduling a consultation with one of the fine dentists here at MediDental Care. Our team performs a thorough exam to determine your viability as a candidate for dental implants.
Once you’re approved for your dental implant, we’ll schedule the procedure. First, your implant root will be placed surgically. During the period of healing, we may put in a temporary crown to replace your missing tooth for aesthetic reasons. After you’ve healed and osseointegration has taken place, we’ll attach the abutment and then the permanent crown, which is your prosthetic tooth.
If you’re interested in finding out more about dental implants or any other dental procedure, please contact our office in Queens, Astoria, New York. Call us or click the “book online” button.