What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

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benefits of dental implantsA beautiful smile is highly valued in our society. Despite its value, tooth loss is more common than one would think. In fact, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons reported that 69% of all adults between the age of 39 and 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth due to gum disease, an accident, a failed root canal, or basic tooth decay.

A loss of teeth can result in lowered self-esteem for many individuals. Additionally, a loss of teeth can signal a number of health risks. Luckily, there are solutions for adults suffering from teeth loss, and one of the most popular solutions are dental implants.

What are dental implants?
Dental implants are replacements for missing teeth. They act as an anchor, replacing both the root and the tooth itself. Dental implants have a 98% success rate and are quickly growing in popularity across the country. In fact, 3 million Americans currently have dental implants, and that number grows by approximately 500,000 each year.

What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer a patient many advantages. Perhaps one of the most obvious ones is an improved appearance. As previously mentioned, a good smile is highly valued in modern society. Having a beautiful set of teeth can drastically help to improve confidence levels. Additionally, dental implants can improve many facets of your life, such as improved speech, improved comfort, and easier eating. Most importantly, patients can see an overall improvement in oral health with dental implants. Other benefits of dental implants include both their durability and convenience, as dental implants aftercare is not very strenuous.

Am I eligible for dental implants?
Patients eligible for dental implants should have healthy gums and should be healthy enough to undergo routine dental extractions or oral surgery. Heavy smokers and individuals who are suffering from chronic conditions such as heart disease are diabetes should be evaluated on a case by case basis.

If you’re interested in finding more about dental implant surgery, contact an oral surgeon today.

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