Dental implants were actually invented in the 1950s and have steadily improved over the last several decades. A dental implant is a tiny titanium post that is placed in your jawbone that acts as the root for the restoration portion of the tooth.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Because they include the root as well as the restoration portion of your tooth, dental implants tend to look and feel natural. When you replace a missing tooth with a dental implant, you can feel more confident about your smile. Implant restorations can make it easier for you to eat, chew and speak because they are anchored firmly in your jawbone.
Some types of dentures and other tooth restorations can be prone to slipping and shifting in your mouth. This is not the case with dental implants because your tooth restorations do not rely on adhesives to stay in place. Most importantly, because the implant acts as a tooth root, your jawbone will continue to receive the necessary stimulation it needs to remain healthy and viable. This stimulation can prevent the bone recession that often occurs when patients are missing teeth.
ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS PERMANENT?
A dental implant can last 25 years or more, as long as you take good care of it. A variety of factors can influence the durability of your implants, including:
- How well you take care of your dental implants. Do you brush and floss daily? Do you keep regular checkups with your dentist?
- The foods you eat. You should avoid chewing or biting down on extremely hard items. Never use your teeth to open or tear things.
- The skill and care your dentist uses in placing the implant. At District Dental Wellness, we strive to provide the highest quality care, individually tailored to you. We will carefully evaluate the placement and osseointegration process.
- Your lifestyle and general physical health.
Dental implants are an exciting way to restore your teeth, and we want to help you decide if this treatment is for you.
LET US HELP YOU EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS
For questions about dental implants and how they can help you or someone you love, please give us a call today. We will be happy to answer your questions and set up an appointment.