What Are Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

Posted by Dr. Lee on Jan 4 2022, 12:29 PM

People who have damaged or missing teeth can choose from a number of teeth replacement solutions. Two of the most popular solutions used are permanent dentures and dental implants. Natural teeth can be replaced with permanent dentures or implants and no one would be able to tell the difference.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are man-made dental roots designed to support replacement teeth. These teeth are custom-made to match your existing teeth, which will be held in place by implants. Being long-lasting, dental implants can boost your confidence in both your looks and your ability to talk.

Dental implants are expensive compared to dentures but are easier to maintain. Patients feel more at ease after the surgery, since they are implanted into the jawbone. They appear and function just like your natural teeth.
You should bear in mind, though, that your insurance might not cover the implant surgery. Check with your insurance provider before you opt for implants. 

Benefits of Dental Implants

Helps to maintain jawbone shape: Implants help the jawline to maintain the natural shape of your face and jawbones. 
Restores the ability to chew: With dental implants, it is easier to chew and eat your food. Implants work like natural teeth.
Improves physical appearance: Missing teeth can affect the self-confidence of an individual. Artificial teeth can help improve your cosmetic appearance. 

Recommendation for Patients

Before opting for dental implants, discuss with your dentist the benefits and risks of dental implants. Your dental provider will be able to help determine if implants are suitable for you. 

The healing process after the dental implant treatment would vary from one individual to another. It may take several weeks to months for your body to get accustomed to the implant. 

Care After Dental Implant 

  • Reduce smoking and use of nicotine since it can reduce the lifespan of dental implants.
  • Follow good oral hygiene as advised by your dentists. Brushing and flossing are important for implant longevity. 
  • Schedule regular visits with your dentist to make sure there are no infections or gum-related issues with the implants.
  • In case dental implants are loose or painful, contact your dental provider immediately.
In dentistry, the evolution of techniques and materials has led to an increase in satisfied patients. Reach out to our expert dental professionals if you are considering dental implants.

For more tips and comprehensive dental care, visit East Burn Dentistry at 1415 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214. Call us at  503-233-4871 for appointments.

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