Thinking about replacing a few of your teeth (or teeth that you’ve already lost) isn’t exactly a fun proposition. After all, not too many people actually look forward to a dental procedure.
That being said, you have to think past the treatment itself, and focus on the benefits of dental implants, and how they can really improve your overall quality of life.
In this article, we’re going to share 10 facts that all patients who are considering dental implants should understand.
We’re not going to “sugarcoat” anything (ok, that’s a bad joke), but instead we’ll give you facts to help you understand whether or not dental implants are a treatment option you may want to consider to restore your smile.
So let’s get started!
1 Dental implants provide the feel and function of your natural teeth
Dental implants capped with crowns not only look great, but they actually provide the feel and functionality of your natural teeth. For patients who value eating and chewing (and let’s be honest…who doesn’t?), then dental implants are a terrific option.
2 Teeth replaced with dental implants and crowns do not decay!
Teeth that are replaced with dental implants and crowns do not decay. Now that doesn’t mean you can throw your oral hygiene routine out the window, as it is still extremely important to keep the gums and the surrounding teeth clean.
That being said, it’s great news for implant patients that their new teeth will not decay.
3 Dental implants fix the root of the problem (literally)
Many people don’t realize dental implants are titanium screws that are inserted into the jawbone, and not actually a “fake tooth.” The “tooth” part of a dental implant is called a cap or a crown, and it’s placed atop an abutment, which is fixed to the actual dental implant screw.
When a patient gets dental implants, they are actually undergoing a surgical procedure where small titanium screws are inserted into the jawbone. After a period of healing, along with monitoring by your implant dentist, these screws receive an abutment and crown to cap off the restoration.
4 Some bone grafting may be required to ensure a successful procedure
Before you ever undergo the procedure, your implant dentist will discuss bone grafting with you, which may be required if your jawbone does not have enough bone to successfully place implants. Don’t worry, this is a very common occurrence.
5 You’ll probably hear the word “osseointegration” a lot
It sounds like a fancy word, but it’s a pretty simple concept. According to the UCONN Health Center for Implant & Reconstructive Surgery, osseointegration is when “the metal or ceramic part of the implant is placed into your jawbone, then the bone actually attaches itself directly to the implant, growing all around it and supporting it firmly.”
The process of osseointegration is essential in order for a successful procedure to take place.
6 Dental implants aren’t cheap
If you find a dentist offering cheap dental implants, run for the hills. The dental implant procedure is a very complex, invasive process that requires an incredible amount of time, material, and skill.
What you don’t want to do is go with a cheap or inexperienced implant dentist and have your implants fail, as then you’ll have an entirely new set of issues to deal with.
You only have one set of teeth, which is why we encourage you to do your homework, meet our team, and don’t settle for dental implants from just anyone who offers them.
7 Dental implants are anchored to your jawbone (sometimes mini dental implants are used)
By now, you already know that dental implants are titanium screws anchored to your jawbone. The question is, what happens if there isn’t enough bone and bone grafting isn’t a good option for you?
While dental implants aren’t right for everyone, there are cases where mini dental implants can be used in order to get the same (or similar) result.
If you would like to read more about mini dental implants, here is a great article from Colgate on mini dental implants:
8 Three million people in the United States (and growing) have dental implants
Dental implants are a proven procedure, as millions of people in the United States have had successful dental implant surgery.
Are dental implants right for you? Every person is unique, but the first step to knowing for sure is to contact Dental Town in Canton, GA.
9 It takes time (and healing is required)
We promised to give you the facts, didn’t we? While we would love to tell you that dental implants are the easiest dental procedure in the world to undergo, that would be a lie.
The fact of the matter is that a significant amount of healing time is required from when your implants are first placed, until your full restoration (with a dental crown or bridge) is complete.
10 Dental implants can replace one tooth, or all of your teeth
Whether you’re a Canton resident missing one tooth or several teeth (or you have several that are damaged and need to be removed), implants may be the right solution for you.
Unlike some other cosmetic and restorative procedures, dental implants can replace your front teeth, back teeth, bottom row teeth, or top row of teeth; it really is a solution to fix a wide variety of problems due to advanced dental decay.
? Still have questions? Want to meet the dentist?
We get it; making the decision to get dental implants isn’t easy, and it isn’t a decision you can really make after reading a few articles or watching a few videos.
That’s why we want to encourage you to schedule your implants consultation at Dental Town in Canton, GA. We’ll discuss your options, and you’ll actually get to meet with the oral surgeon who will be performing your dental implant surgery to ensure there is a good fit.
You’ve got nothing to lose and a lot of great insights to gain that will help you make an informed decision to choose the right dentist for your implants procedure. So schedule your consultation with Canton Dental Town today!