Dental implants can be a life-changing experience, as well as a great way to maintain oral health.
Dental implants are an excellent choice for replacing lost and broken teeth. Here are the advantages of dental implants:
- Functions the same as your natural teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods without pain and discomfort.
- Improves speech.
- Prevents shifting of nearby teeth, preserving the contour of the jawbone and face.
- Lasts years with proper care and maintenance.
- Prevents bone loss beneath the missing teeth (if an implant is not placed after a year of losing your tooth, the bone area loses 25% of its volume).
Caring for your dental implants is just as vital as caring for your natural teeth. No special treatment is required, but proper care and maintenance are necessary to maintain optimal oral health. Additionally, regular checkups and cleanings are necessary to keep implants in the same condition as the rest of your teeth.
The Process Takes Time
The process of getting an implant can require more than one appointment. If the natural tooth needs to be pulled first, it’s recommended to let the area heal before putting in the implant. A checkup is required after the healing process to ensure that the area is properly healed and that the jawbone has the adequate density for the implant. Depending on how much work is required, the process can take up to six months. Much of that time is dedicated to the healing process and the strengthening of the jawbone.
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