A in-depth explanation of dental implants
Scenario: You have been informed that you need a tooth replacement and have been busy researching bridges, crowns, dentures and dental implants to determine which would be the best option for you.
Here’s what our team at Periodontal Associates wants you to know about dental implants before you make that final decision.
FACT ONE: Dental implants are a safe, effective and relatively pain-free solution to tooth replacement. While there may be some swelling and bruising immediately following the procedure, it should be short-lived and recede after one or two days. Every person does have their own experience, but if pain seems excessive, contact your periodontist immediately.
FACT TWO: Dental implants are a long-term solution. Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges typically last less than ten years but at some point may need to be replaced. Dental implants however are a much longer-term solution. While periodic adjustments may be required, dental implants can last a lifetime when properly placed and maintained. For many people that is the key factor in their decision to seek implants.
FACT THREE: Periodontal disease if left untreated not only affects your teeth, but can ultimately affect your entire facial bone structure. If periodontal disease is not addressed your actual bone structure and face shape will be compromised. When the jawbone is not supporting a natural tooth it deteriorates, losing its strength and firmness, eventually leading to sagging facial features. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that preserves and stimulates natural bone and ultimately continues to support your natural facial bone structure.
FACT FOUR: While dentures are a valid option, they will never be as effective as real teeth. Because they simply rest against your gums they do not offer the same bite strength as replacements that are properly rooted into the gum and bone itself. Because dental implants are rooted directly in the jawbone the replacement tooth/teeth are the most like your natural teeth in look and function.
FACT FIVE: While your dentist can make the diagnosis of periodontal disease and recommendation to consider a dental implant, a periodontal expert should be consulted before the final decision is made. A periodontist will talk with you about all the ins and outs of dental implants including procedure, cost, maintenance, etc… Start by interviewing periodontal experts to find the one that you feel confident can provide you with the service you deserve.
If you are still unsure about what tooth replacement option is best for you, seek out the advice of a periodontal expert. They will ensure that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision. You only have one smile… it’s worth protecting.
Dental Implants take time and care. Contact the experts at Periodontal Associates today for a consultation: