So, you’re considering getting dental implants. We’re sure that you have a lot of questions. “What exactly are dental implants?” “What are the benefits of getting dental implants?” “Are dental implants right for me?” We know that dental issues can be confusing and more than a little bit intimidating at times. Here at North Orange Family Dentistry, we want to empower patients to make informed and confident decisions about their oral health. In this article, we aim to answer the questions that you may have about dental implants.
What Exactly Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a replacement for missing tooth roots.They are an alternative to dentures and bridges and provide a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth. These replacement teeth can be matched to the color and size of your own teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
· Oral health boost – Unlike certain bridge procedures, your surrounding natural teeth do not need a size reduction to accommodate dental implants, meaning more of your natural teeth are left untouched. Dental implants also function like normal teeth, allowing you to maintain better oral hygiene.
· A natural smile – Dental implants match the appearance and feel of your natural teeth, making them virtually unnoticeable. Dental implants are also made to fuse to your bone, making them a permanent part of your smile.
· Improved comfort – Dental implants are permanent, so you avoid the discomfort of removing dentures or partial dentures.
· Eating made easy – Dentures can slide around and move while you eat, making the experience uncomfortable and inconvenient. Dental implants act like your natural teeth, meaning no moving or sliding.
· A lifetime of smiles – dental implants are extremely durable, and with proper care will last for many years. Dental implants can even last a lifetime!
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
There are several important health factors to consider when deciding about dental implants. According to the American Dental Association,“If you are interested in dental implants, it's a good idea to discuss it carefully with your dentist first. If you are in good general health this treatment may be an option for you. In fact, your health is more of a factor than your age. A consultation with Dr. Bogan can determine if dental implants are the right choice for you.
The American Dental Association goes on to say that, “Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, may interfere with healing after surgery. Patients with these issues may not be good candidates for implants. Using tobacco can also slow healing.”
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