Are you missing teeth? You aren’t alone. Approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth while 40 million are missing all of their teeth. The good news is that there are multiple different options out there for replacing missing teeth and giving patients their smiles back. One of the most preferred methods is dental implants. However, there are lots of misconceptions out there about them. Here are some facts about dental implants that you may not already know.
Implants Are Resistant to Decay
Dental implants aren’t completely indestructible, but they are pretty much cavity-proof because they are made from titanium and porcelain. However, this does not mean that you can neglect brushing and flossing. Your natural teeth are still vulnerable to bacteria, and your implants rely on healthy gum tissue in order to be successful. Continue to brush twice and floss once daily to keep your smile in good shape.
You Need to Be Careful What You Eat
Even though you won’t have any eating restrictions when your implants fully heal, you will still need to be especially careful during the osseointegration process. This is when the titanium implant fuses to the jawbone in order to provide upmost stability. It is necessary to avoid foods that are especially hard, crunchy, or sticky so you don’t disrupt the healing process.
Tooth Implants Restore Self-Confidence
Many people who are missing teeth feel self-conscious when they smile, eat, and speak. No one looks forward to their first set of dentures. Dental implants, on the other hand, are suitable for any age. They look just like natural teeth and function just as well, and sometimes better.
Dental Implants Work!
Dental implants have a success rate of 95%! This rate will only increase as dental technology becomes more and more advanced going forward. Implants also restore up to 70% of your natural chewing ability, which is much higher than dentures. They only restore up to 30% of bite power.
Dental Implants Can Be Relatively Inexpensive
Implants are an investment, but they can also be the most affordable choice in the long run. Other tooth replacement options require periodic repairs and replacements. Other treatments to try to salvage teeth that are overly damaged or decayed can add up. In the end, it could be the best decision for your wallet.
Don’t let misinformation fool you. Dental implants are a great option for replacing missing teeth. Talk to your dentist to figure out if you would make a good candidate for the procedure. You’ll have your smile back in no time!
About the Author
Dr. Matthew Nawrocki earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Florida College of Dentistry before completing a one-year fellowship in prosthodontics. Currently, he is involved in numerous state and national organizations including the Florida Prosthodontic Association, American College of Prosthodontics, Florida Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. For more information on dental implants or to schedule a consultation at his office in Orange Park, visit his website or call (904) 272-1588.