Someone you know has dental implants. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, more than three million Americans now benefit from them. That number rises by about a half million new implant recipients each year. Why so many? More than two-thirds of all people ages 35-44 have lost at least one permanent tooth, and most of them could be excellent candidates for the procedure. Further, one-fourth of persons 74 or older have lost all their teeth. And there is no restriction based on a person’s age.
There is another reason so many people are turning to dental implants: Technology and procedures have improved immeasurably in recent years, which makes it much easier and more affordable for a greater number of people. If you are not very familiar with dental implants, don’t worry. You’re not alone. But these ten facts about dental implants will help you begin to see the value of the procedure.
- Implants are a natural look. When teeth go missing, implants can be inserted into the jawbone to replace the tooth’s root. Part of the implant that anchors to the jawbone looks like a screw. It is usually made of titanium or a similarly strong material. Yet, the result looks and acts like natural teeth.
- They can handle wear and tear. Materials like titanium are stronger than your original teeth.
- Implants help bone strength. No other dental restoration option can strengthen underlying bone and possibly lead to new growth. When you lose your natural teeth, the jawbone begins to degenerate. Implants can spur a reversal in that process.
- They wipe out discomfort. Implants eliminate pain associated with poor teeth. Plus, they provide more comfort than dentures.
- Implants last a long time. You can expect an implant to last from five to fifteen years. They may last even longer depending on each situation and how committed you are to regular dental hygiene.
- Eating becomes a joy again. By filling in gaps left by missing teeth, or by replacing teeth in poor condition, you will find it much easier to chew and bite. Eating will be much like with your original, healthy teeth. As a result, it will become easier to resume a healthful diet.
- Live longer. There is a direct correlation between healthy teeth and living longer. If you take care of your teeth through implants or other procedures, you’ll increase your chances of a long, healthy life.
- Look healthier. When a mouth loses some of its teeth, the jawline begins to sag. Implants can help bring it back into a healthier looking position.
- Look younger. A healthier jawline makes for a stronger facial profile and can result in a younger-looking face.
- Visit your dentist less often. Guess what? Implants don’t get cavities. Right away, your dental health will improve dramatically.
Advancements in procedures and materials mean a greater number of people are becoming good candidates for dental implants. In fact, most people who are missing teeth should consider dental implants as an option. You are likely an excellent candidate if your gums are healthy, you have enough bone to which implants can be anchored, and if you commit to intentional, ongoing dental maintenance. Habits like heavy smoking need to be considered, too. But even smokers and those with other issues are often healthy enough to receive implants.
To know for sure if you or someone you know would make an ideal candidate for dental implants, contact Corson Dentistry for a consultation. There is one more fact about dental implants worth noting: They will help your natural smile return.