Dental implants need a time commitment and a dedicated oral hygiene routine for optimal maintenance. Also, implants need a greater financial investment than that of a removable bridge or conventional dentures. However, many people discover the results—a healthy smile, comfort, greater chewing ability and the confidence that comes with it—make dental implants well worth the investment! – Dental implants are the answer if you’re looking for an attractive, comfortable, and permanent replacement for missing teeth.
Most of us take for granted the work our natural teeth do over the years. We seldom stop to appreciate how easily we bite into a dense, chewy bagel or enjoy a succulent ear of corn on the cob. We may talk, smile and laugh with confidence and our teeth may function pain-free for decades. That all changes when we’re faced with tooth loss or experience the diminished ability of our teeth to do natural functions. It’s then we realize the tremendous value of healthy teeth in our lives, and how much they affect our chewing, confidence and appearance.
Dental implants have helped hundreds of thousands of people regain the function and confidence they once took for granted. Whether you’re missing a single tooth or need a complete set of teeth, you owe it to yourself to talk with your dentist about the many benefits that dental implants can offer.
What Risks Are Involved?
Dental implant surgery has proved to be successful for hundreds of thousands of people over the years. Negative effects such as bleeding, infection, injury to the nerves or sinus cavity, or incomplete healing of the bone around the implant resulting in implant failure, are rare.
During the healing process, however, discomfort, swelling, and inflammation of the gums— normal responses to oral surgery—may be present in varying degrees. If you have questions about your situation or want to discuss what is considered normal in the healing process, we will be happy to discuss your concerns.
(When a series of teeth are missing, a bridge can be used with two or more implants.)
How Do I Know If I’m a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you face the loss of one or several teeth or if you’re dissatisfied with dentures or other options available to you, you may find that dental implants are right for you. Age is not typically a major reason; successful dental implants have been performed on young people as well as the elderly. During your first consultation, we’ll help you decide. In general, we look for the following characteristics:
• general good health
• healthy gums
• sufficient underlying jawbone to support the implants
• a good attitude to make sure that you follow through with vital oral hygiene habits