If you have a severely damaged or decaying tooth, chances are you’ve been told by your dentist that you need to get a dental implant. Luckily, dental implants make it possible to replace these teeth without having to wear dentures or bridges.
So how do they work? After a consultation with your dentist at College Drive Dental Associates to determine if this is the best solution for you, you will set up a time for this surgical procedure. During the procedure, your dentist will pull the troublesome tooth (if it hasn’t already fallen out). Then, he or she will insert the titanium implant into the gums. You’ll be under anesthesia so you won’t feel a thing! Over time, this titanium implant will fuse to your jawbone. Once the healing process is complete, a customized crown will be placed over the implant so that it blends in with your smile. The process overall can take anywhere from 6-12 weeks.
As you can see, the procedure is relatively easy! However, this isn’t the only reason to love dental implants. Check out these five reasons our patients love these devices.
1. Dental implants are durable.
Dental implants are made from a sturdy titanium material. However, that’s not the only thing that makes these devices so strong. Once your dental implants have been inserted into your gums, they gradually fuse with your jawbone. This means that they have the durability and strength of natural, healthy teeth!
2. Dental implants are very comfortable.
Those who suffer with severely damaged or decaying teeth have to endure the negative effects on their speech, facial structure, and chewing mechanisms. Once these painful teeth are replaced with implants, the patient often gets welcome relief from these frustrating symptoms. Often, their speech and chewing improves and any structural insufficiencies are restored! And because they fuse securely to the jawbone, you won’t have to worry about them coming loose.
3. No one will notice you have dental implants.
Once the titanium implant is firmly in place, we place a customized crown over the implant. Because these crowns are custom-made to fit your mouth, they blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile. So when you’ve replaced a decaying tooth with a titanium implant, you can rest assured that it will look completely natural and even improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile.
4. Dental implants are low maintenance.
Worried that getting dental implants will be a lot of work? Have no fear! One of the biggest benefits to getting dental implants is that there is very little work involved to maintain them. Simply keep up a good oral hygiene routine by brushing and flossing regularly to ensure that your dental implants remain in good condition.
5. You can enjoy your dental implant for the rest of your life.
The success rate for dental implants is extremely high—in fact, it’s at about 98%! This means, with a good dental homecare routine, you can expect that your dental implant will last you the rest of your life. That’s right, dental implants are intended to be permanent!
Are you ready to schedule your consultation? Call College Drive Dental Associates today to plan your visit to our Palos Heights location!