What You Need to Know About Dental Implants 

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dental implantPeople with missing or loose teeth often talk about the embarrassment of not having a fully functional set of choppers. There can be feelings of self-consciousness because of the way they look. However, many point to being uncomfortable with not being able to indulge in the foods their friends and family enjoy. It’s easy to think that the problem is purely aesthetic, but it’s not.


Our smiles are not only vital for communicating with the world, but they are also the key to maintaining a healthy overall lifestyle. When you can’t properly chew, you may be missing out on ingesting foods vital to a healthy body. Studies suggest that tooth loss and poor nutrition can lead to more than just oral health problems. Tooth loss may also lead to diabetes, cardiovascular issues, and even cognitive conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.


Getting dentures or living with missing teeth used to be people’s only options. Today, dental implants are growing in popularity and are helping people living with tooth loss recover their smiles, health, and self-esteem. Yet, there are a few things to consider before you jump on board the dental implant bandwagon. Here are some of the facts you need to know about the growing trend of dental implants.  



What Is a Dental Implant?


There is still some confusion about the differences between traditional dentures and dental implants. Dentures are oral devices that are removable replacements for missing teeth. They can be either partial or complete. These devices can be removed from the mouth, cleaned, and then fitted back into place.


Dental implants are not removable. Dental implants generally replace the root of teeth with metal, screw-like posts. Artificial teeth are then attached to these posts. These artificial teeth function just like natural teeth. Like dentures, dental implants can replace one tooth or multiple teeth. However, dental implantation is a surgical procedure and may not be right for everyone.


Long Life Span 


In most cases, a set of dentures will last anywhere from seven to ten years before they need to be replaced. Depending on a person’s age and health, dentures may need to be adjusted several times over the years because of changes in a person’s gum tissue or the movement of other teeth.

Dental implants may need adjustments over time, but they are built to stand the test of time. With proper dental care, dental implants are the next best thing to a person’s natural teeth.


You Can Eat What You Want


Love corn on the cob? Dig in! Want an apple but don’t have a knife on you? Take a bite. Dental implants are anchored to a person’s jaw. Most people can bite and eat naturally, just like they would with a natural set of teeth.


Comfortable and Natural Looking  


healthy smileSince dental implants take the place of a normal tooth, or set of teeth and are attached to the person’s jaw, they can be more comfortable than dentures. There is no slipping or movement, which can be possible with dentures.


Implants are also crafted to look like natural teeth. The titanium post implanted into the jaw offers strength and support, but it is covered by a prosthetic tooth implant that looks nearly identical to natural teeth.



Easy to Maintain 


Dental implants are fairly easy to maintain. You don’t have to remove them and meticulously scrub or soak them. Brushing and flossing daily, along with routine dental visits, should be enough to maintain your dental implants in healthy gums.


They Aren’t for Everyone


Dental implant surgery cannot be performed on everyone. Some patients may be ineligible for the surgery because of certain health conditions or medical risk factors. If a person’s jawbone is too soft, damaged, or there is extensive bone loss, dental implants may not be possible. A bone graft may be necessary for some people, to strengthen the jawbone and prepare a patient for implants.


To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, talk to your oral health care provider. Remember, dental implantation is surgery. You want to talk to an experienced and qualified dental professional. 




In the long run, dental implants may save you more money than they cost. Since they are long-lasting and easier to maintain, you may not spend as much on replacements, cleaning supplies, and adjustment appoints. However, the initial cost can deter people from choosing the procedure. Price can vary greatly. Replacing one tooth is less expensive than replacing an entire set of teeth. If bone grafts are necessary, that can raise the cost.


If you are concerned about price, don’t wipe dental implants off your list just yet. Talk with your oral health care provider to get a better understanding of what you need. Ask about the price and see if you can work out a payment option. At Babylon Dental Care, we have dental care packages that may help you with the cost of dental services.


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A new set of teeth is within your reach. If you have missing teeth and want to discuss your replacement options, contact our office for a consultation. 

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