Dental implants are a revolution in tooth replacement. The implant is essentially an artificial tooth that replaces the root and can support a crown, dentures or a bridge. This implant will be fused with the jawbone to serve as a root for the missing tooth. Dental implants are the only real long-term solution currently available for replacing teeth.
If you are considering getting a dental implant, then you need to be sure that it is the right option for you. The first step is to make sure that you are a viable candidate for a tooth implant. For this you will need to meet with a dentist that is skilled in this procedure.
Here are 5 things that you absolutely need to know about dental implants so that you can make an informed decision. If you have any other questions, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with the best dentist in your area.
1. The dental implant procedure is very successful
Complications arising from dental implant surgery are very rare. Your dentist will need to perform a full exam on you to determine that you are a good candidate for the procedure. Once that is complete and provided that you are in good health they will be able to proceed.
It is important that you find a dentist that has a proven track record of successful tooth implant procedures. Not all dentists are created equal, so you should not feel shy about asking your dentist all of the questions you have until your concerns have been addressed. Google is your friend here, so make sure you do your due diligence.
2. Dental implants feel great! (Well, just like natural teeth)
When it comes to the look and feel of your teeth, you will be pleased to know that a dental implant will look and feel no different than a regular tooth. This is a big concern for many patients, as with any dental work, you want the result to be as natural as possible.
Special care will be taken to make sure that the crown of your dental implant looks and feels exactly like the rest of your teeth. If anything, your new tooth will be even better than the one you lost.
3. You’ll be able to eat whatever you want again
For some of you that have had missing teeth for some time, you may have had to learn the hard way that you can’t eat some of your favourite foods. Fear not, in no time at all you will be able to enjoy ribs, wings, or whatever it is that you miss from before you lost your tooth.
Dental implants will give you a completely natural sensation of chewing food, and every patient that has dental implants is thrilled with having that sensation back again.
4. The roots are back in town!
You will be happy to know that the implant will replace the void left by the tooth that you lost. If the root of the tooth is lost, then other dental replacement options are often not possible. Other methods such as adding a crown, or a bridge rely on roots of teeth still being present. When these are gone, the only option for tooth replacement is a dental implant.
5. The implants will work with your existing “real” teeth
If you are having a bridge, the dentist will have to drill into healthy teeth to make it work well and stay in place. With an implant, this is not needed, so you will be able to enjoy a brand new, natural looking tooth without the need to affect adjacent perfectly healthy teeth.