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Dental Implants: Are They the Best Option to Replace Missing Teeth?

Long lasting, strong and biocompatible- that’s what we look for in a prosthesis right? 

Dental implants are metal structures that fit in your jaw bone, and replace the root of your missing teeth. They are considered one of the best options to replace missing teeth as they prevent bone loss, are safe for nearby teeth and last quite long.

When it comes to dental implants, quality matters most!

This post will help you decide whether dental implants are right for you and your teeth.

How do I know if a dental implant is right for me?

When you have a missing tooth, dental implants are an excellent option for restoring your bite and smile. Missing teeth can not only damage your smile but also cause a lot of oral health problems. 

Teeth play an integral role in maintaining proper dental hygiene, and missing one can mean that you won’t be as diligent about brushing or flossing regularly.
Since dental implants don’t require any replacement parts or maintenance over time, you’ll never need another procedure done again.

What are the different types of dental implants?

Dental implants can be either endosteal (bony) or subperiosteal (soft tissue).

Bony implants are screwed into your jawbone, while soft-tissue implants sit just above your gum line. Each type of implant has its own advantages and disadvantages.

As a general rule, endosteal implants are best for single missing teeth because they require less surgery and time.

However, if you have multiple missing teeth, a soft-tissue implant may be better for you.

What does my dentist need to know about me before deciding which type of implant I need?

Your dentist will want to know about your dental and medical history, especially if you have any chronic health conditions like diabetes or hypertension. 

Missing teeth affect all aspects of your smile—from your oral health down to your overall self-confidence—so it’s important that you see a dentist who can address all of these needs. Contact us at Dental Solutions for any queries regarding the type of implant you want. 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of dental implants?

ADVANTAGESDISADVANTAGES
Out of all options we have to replace missing teeth, they’re considered the best in most cases. It involves surgery
Adjacent teeth do not need to be altered, like in dental bridge work. Treatment time is long as the implant needs to fuse with the jawbone. 
They are aesthetically pleasing.The initial cost is high compared to other options, but implants are better in the long run.
Dental implants are very effective functionally for chewing, and last long enough.It may not be possible to place implants in patients with certain conditions. 
They are biocompatible and sit well with your surrounding tissues.

How do I take care of my new teeth?

It’s important to take care of your implant, and these tips will help you do just that. 

  • When you brush your teeth at night, don’t forget to clean your gums gently as well. 
  • Rinse with salt water or mouthwash after meals if you want extra protection.
  • If you smoke, it may be a good idea to seek professional advice on how best to quit for your long-term dental health; people who smoke are more likely than nonsmokers to experience complications with implants. 

Taking care of your implant is important for ensuring its long-term effectiveness—and good oral hygiene is always a great idea!

Is there anything else I should consider before getting dental implants?

Although we have to take your dental history into account when we make an assessment, there are a few things you can do before surgery that will increase your chances of success.

We recommend getting a professional cleaning a few days before you undergo surgery; in addition, flossing and brushing twice a day can help strengthen your gums and oral care routine. By caring for your implants post-surgery, you’ll ensure long-term health and longevity.

Still have questions? Book an appointment with us to understand what’s best for you.

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