Do you have severely damaged or decayed teeth that are no longer functional? Are there gaps in your smile left behind by missing teeth? Have you been considering restorative or cosmetic dentistry to restore the look and function of your smile? If this sounds like you, then dental implants may be an ideal treatment option.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from titanium screws, a connector, and a dental prosthesis. They are implanted into the jawbone, which makes them extremely strong, as well as aesthetic. If you are looking for a way to makeover your smile, then here are seven reasons to get dental implants:
Can Be Placed Anywhere in the Mouth
Dental implants can be placed anywhere in the mouth because they come in three different sizes. The vast majority of dental implants placed use a standard sized implant. However, wide dental implants may be used when placing an implant to support a molar. Wide dental implants have a larger circumference than the standard size and therefore provide additional strength needed to support a molar. When placing an implant in a tight space or in an area where the bone mass has decreased, a mini dental implant may be used. Mini dental implants are smaller in circumference than the standard size implant, so they can fit into smaller spaces. Due to their smaller size, however, mini dental implants lack the strength of a standard size implant and are generally only used towards the front of the mouth.
Placed in 1-2 Appointments
Same day implants or immediate load implants refer to placing dental implant screws and their dental prosthesis all in the same appointment. Many dentists use this approach to quickly and efficiently place dental implants without requiring multiple visits. However, there are certain cases where a second appointment may be needed to place a permanent restoration. Nevertheless, it only takes two appointments to have an amazing smile.
Fuse with Jawbone
Once dental implants have been placed in the jawbone, it takes about 3-6 months for them to heal by fusing with the surrounding jawbone. No other restoration method is able to fuse with the jawbone and this is one of the main things that sets dental implants apart from other dental restorations.
Restore Natural Function & Appearance
Part of dental implants acting as artificial tooth roots for a dental prosthesis means that they are able to function almost as well as natural teeth. This means that things like eating and speaking will be much easier. Once healed, dental implants can be used to eat a variety of foods and rarely require dietary restrictions.
A perk of fusing with the surrounding jaw bone is that it makes the implant-supported prosthesis strong and highly durable. This is because the prosthesis is supported by a strong foundation that replicates a natural tooth, so the body works with it instead of against it.
Residing in the jawbone also allows dental implants to last longer than other restoration methods. While dental implants may still require maintenance or replacement at some point during their lifespan, they have a longer lifespan. On average, the lifespan of a dental implant is about 10-15 years. In some cases, however, dental implants have been found to last for 20 years.
Overall, dental implants are an ideal restorative dental treatment due to their versatile and quick placement, as well as their ability to fuse with the jawbone to provide natural function and appearance, durability, and longevity. If you are looking for a great choice for your smile makeover, dental implants may just be the perfect treatment for you! For more information, see “Dental Implant Restoration”.
Dr. Jonathan McCartney received his doctorate from Case Western Dental School. After a few years of practicing in another dental office, Dr. McCartney’s goal was to create an environment for his patients that combines the most advanced dental technology with gentle, affordable, individualized care. The end result of this goal is McCartney Dental, a state of the art North Port modern dental practice.