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Dental Implants are a great solution for those who have lost tooth, as they look and feel like a normal tooth! If taken care of properly, one of these artificial teeth could last a lifetime, the same as any of your real teeth.
Not replacing a missing tooth could result in not only self-consciousness, but it can also increase the risk for gingivitis and gum disease.
You will first need to go in for a checkup with your dentist, who will assess if dental implants are right for you. Smokers, diabetics, people with heart disease, and other conditions may not be able to receive implants, and may instead opt for a dental bridge.
During the procedure, your provider will first administer a local anesthetic which will relieve you of any pain. A titanium post will then be inserted into the socket of your gum, and covered until it has healed. It may take a few months before the jaw has engulfed the metal, but once finished and capped, a dental implant can function and look like a real tooth--for life!
Dental Implants VS. Dental Bridges
A dental implant is a single tooth which is fused into the jaw, which looks and functions like a normal tooth once healed. A dental bridge is a device which settles over your two neighboring teeth which takes less time to heal, but may place more stress on the gums and jaw. Dental bridges can also slide around inside the mouth, which can cause difficulties with eating and talking.
Dental implants require no special treatment after they have healed, you don’t have to clean them differently or avoid certain foods. As long as you keep up with your brushing and flossing habits, they will last a lifetime! Dental bridges usually last about 5-15 years or longer before they need to be replaced. Your provider can tell you if your gums are healthy enough to receive dental implants. For some people with heart problems, diabetes, and other medical conditions, it may be a better choice to opt for a bridge. Interested in a dental implant? Schedule an appointment today to have a comprehensive assessment!
|Can last a lifetime
|Good for those with health issues
|Easy to maintain
|Look like real teeth