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Benefits of Dental Implants

Dr. Kopel with Zak Dental explains the benefits of dental implants for your oral health.


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What are some important questions that should be ask when considering dental implants with a dentist?

In summary, before getting dental implants, it’s important to ask your dentist the following questions:

  • Am I a good candidate for implants?
  • Is the dentist an expert in placing implants?
  • How long will the implants last?
  • What sedation options are available?
  • Who will restore the implants?

It’s also recommended to choose a specialty group practice where an oral surgeon or periodontist places the implant and a restorative dentist restores it for the best results.


Benefits of Dental Implants: FAQ

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, typically made of titanium, that provide a permanent base for fixed or removable replacement teeth. They are designed to mimic the function and appearance of natural teeth.

What are the primary benefits of dental implants?

  • Improved Appearance: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. They are designed to fuse with bone, making them permanent.
  • Enhanced Comfort: Unlike removable dentures, implants become a part of you, eliminating the discomfort of removable dentures.
  • Better Oral Health: Dental implants do not require the reduction of adjacent teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. More of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
  • Durability: Implants are very durable and can last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
  • Convenience: Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
  • Improved Speech: With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
  • Easier Eating: Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Ideal candidates for dental implants are those who have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They must also be committed to maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. People who are heavy smokers, suffer from uncontrolled chronic disorders (such as diabetes or heart disease), or have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis.

Are dental implants safe?

Dental implants are a well-established, safe, and effective treatment for missing teeth. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks, but these are generally minor and treatable. The success rate of implants varies depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed, but in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%.

How do dental implants compare to other tooth replacement options?

Compared to dentures and bridges, dental implants are more durable and offer a more natural appearance and function. They prevent bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridges and dentures. Unlike dentures, implants do not require special cleaning routines or adhesives. Implants also avoid the need to grind down adjacent healthy teeth, as is required with bridges.

What is the procedure for getting dental implants?

The process usually involves several steps over a period of several months:

  • Initial Consultation: A thorough examination, including X-rays and possibly 3D imaging.
  • Implant Placement: The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone.
  • Osseointegration: Over a period of 3 to 6 months, the implant integrates with the bone.
  • Abutment Placement: Once the implant is secure, an abutment (a small connector post) is attached to the implant.
  • Crown Placement: Finally, a custom-made crown is attached to the abutment.

How should I care for my dental implants?

Caring for dental implants involves maintaining good oral hygiene practices:

  • Brush and floss regularly.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
  • Avoid habits that can damage teeth, such as chewing hard objects or using your teeth as tools.

Are dental implants expensive?

The cost of dental implants can vary widely based on the individual case, the type of implant, and the geographical location. While dental implants can be more expensive than other tooth replacement options, their longevity and functionality often make them a cost-effective solution in the long term.

Do dental implants look natural?

Yes, dental implants are designed to look and feel like natural teeth. The crowns are custom-made to match the color and shape of your surrounding teeth, providing a seamless and natural appearance.

Can dental implants fail?

While dental implants have a high success rate, they can fail in some cases. Common causes of implant failure include poor oral hygiene, smoking, and certain medical conditions that affect bone healing. Regular follow-up with your dentist can help identify and address potential issues early on.

If you have more specific questions or need further information about dental implants, consult with a dental professional to get personalized advice and recommendations.