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Information on Dental Implants
Let’s start at the beginning. For some reason you may have had to have a tooth extracted or were born with missing teeth. For any number of reasons it has left you with a gap that is possibly affecting your smile, your eating and chewing habits and your overall facial structure. Now let’s draw a parallel. Everyone knows what a hip replacement or knee replacement is like. A dental implant is much the same on a much, much smaller scale. It involves a prosthesis of sorts. They fit, feel and function just like your natural teeth. Let’s look at the process, life expectancy and the benefits.
Once the cosmetic dentist has determined that your tooth must be extracted he/she will suggest a dental implant. The jawbone must be examined and prepped. You might need a bone graft if necessary. It is also crucial that you have healthy gums. After the area has healed and is infection free a very small titanium post is secured into your jawbone. This is the crucial element for a long-lasting implant. After a period of time this post will fuse with the bone creating an artificial root. This process is called Osseointegration. The actual visible tooth then is constructed of a sturdy porcelain. Both are well tolerated by your body.
Due to their durability and stability dental implants enjoy a 98% success rate and can last easily between 30 and 40 years. Well worth the financial investment. The duration of your implant will depend on your own hygiene practices at home; regular brushing and flossing, and the fact that you need to see your dentist two to four times a year for a professional examination, an annual x-ray, and proper professional cleaning.
Is it all worth it? Changing the oil in your car is a rather ungratifying experience to say the least. So to look under the hood, the first benefit cannot be seen. An implant will help with your jawbone in maintaining its health. It will also maintain the health of the good teeth on each side of the implant. It will help with the condition of your gums in that area of your mouth. Your facial bone structure can come into play depending on the specific location of the replaced tooth. There is the issue of how you chew and eat your food. Your bite pattern can remain normal. Leaving the gap could even affect your speech. Implants don’t move and shift. Finally, there is the huge issue if the implant is in the area of your smile.
You can’t put a price tag on a smile, only you can determine the value of your smile. Research has proven that your smile can have a major impact on your self-esteem, your interaction with people around you, and even contribute to your level of success in your daily functions. A dental implant will go a long way to improving your smile, making this improvement priceless.
Dental Implants may exactly what you were looking for for long term oral health. Let us help you decide Contact Iowa Dental Group Today!
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