5 Facts You Need to Know About Dental Implants
Being a Red Bank NJ dental office that treats patients of all ages, we see just about every dental condition. We see patients with teeth free of decay or alignment issues and those patients with many dental problems, including missing teeth.
There are many patients in our community living with missing teeth. This is a problem that can affect you both physically and emotionally. People with missing teeth cannot smile with confidence, and often struggle to eat. For all of these problems, there is a solution for all of these problems: dental implants.
Maybe you’ve heard about dental implants before. They are becoming more commonplace in dentistry and considered by most dentists to be the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Today we want to share five facts about dental implants you need to know. You’ll see how these dental implants work and who they can help.
Dental implants are nearly as strong as natural teeth
There is only one replacement tooth option that nearly matches the strength of natural teeth. It’s dental implants. These incredible advanced dental tools can give you back the biting force you lost years ago. Dental implants are so strong because they are made from titanium, a biocompatible material. Once placed into the bone, the implants heals around the bone, making it literally part of your body. With that anchor, we can restore your implants with crowns, bridges, or dentures. It’s as if we placed a new tooth root. By comparison, removable dentures only provide between 25 and 50 percent of the power of your natural teeth.
Dental implant surgery is predictable!
Anytime you hear the word surgery, you might think of something extremely complicated. The truth is that dental implant surgery is extremely predictable and successful. Dental implants are placed successfully about 98 percent of the time. That’s an amazing success rate for any procedure. There are a few requirements for having dental implants. But mostly, as long as you have enough jawbone to support the implant and are in good to decent health, you’re most likely a candidate. Most of our patients are amazed at the lack of sensitivity they experience after their dental implant procedure.
Dental implants don’t get cavities
The biggest issue with natural teeth is that they can fail. Our teeth can fail because of wear and tear, gum disease, or cavities. Cavities weaken a tooth and need to be filled to ensure that the decay doesn’t spread. It’s a constant concern. That isn’t a problem with dental implants. Because the implants are made from titanium, they do not get cavities. Once the implant has healed, you’ll brush and floss just like you would with any other tooth.
Dental implants can improve your health
Missing teeth are an eyesore. We all know that. It’s hard to focus on anything else whenever we see someone who has one or several missing teeth. But the condition is much more than cosmetic. Having missing teeth is a full-blown health crisis. According to the Mayo Clinic, people without their teeth are at risk of cutting their life short by about 10 years. The reason is simple. Without teeth, you cannot maintain a healthy diet. Dental implants will allow you to eat and digest food much like you would with natural teeth.
Dental implants preserve the jawbone
When the teeth are lost, the jawbone will recede. As the jawbone changes shape, so does the shape of your mouth. Jawbone recession gives people that sunken in look and causes wrinkles to develop around the mouth. These changes make you look much older than you really are. This constant movement also affects the fit of the denture, especially the lower denture. Jawbone changes can cause the denture to shift around in the mouth. Dental implants merge with the bone and preserve the bone.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Getting dental implants can restore your chewing ability and your youthful smile. We’ll walk you through the entire process during your first visit. Give us a call today at (732) 945-5343 to schedule your first visit. We would love to work with you toward a better, brighter smile.