Are dental implants really necessary? Why they may be exactly what you need

Are dental implants really necessary? Why they may be exactly what you need

It wasn’t that long ago when dental implants were a novelty. These days, they seem to be the norm.

A report from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry shows that around three million people in the U.S. now have at least one dental implant. And that number grows annually by 500,000!

Why are implants so popular?

Dental Implants: What are they and why are they so popular?

Dental implants are made of titanium metal and act as an artificial root. When you lose a tooth, an implant is placed in the pocket where the root of the tooth used to be.

Having an artificial root serves two purposes:

  • It acts as an anchor for the dental crown that fits over it
  • It keeps the jawbone strong

When you lose a tooth, the jaw bone starts to shrink in that area. If you’ve had all of your teeth extracted, the entire jaw bone will shrink.

Missing only one tooth may not seem like a big deal. However, once the bone begins to recede, it starts to expose the roots of the adjacent teeth. This can result in an increased risk of decay and periodontal disease, an inflammatory disease affecting the soft and hard tissues supporting the teeth.

As the bone shrinks in patients who lose teeth, it can change the structure of the lower half of the face.

This is one of the reasons dental implants are so popular. They help keep the mouth healthy and smile looking natural – a great confidence boost.

Signs you may need a dental implant and how to tell if you’re a good candidate

How do you know if you need dental implants?

Here are a few of the signs that one or more implants might be necessary:

  • You’re missing one or more teeth, or are told you need an extraction
  • You have a severely cracked or broken tooth
  • Your dentures/partials don’t fit very well
  • Your jawbone is receding

Does having one or more of these signs automatically make you a good candidate for an implant placement procedure?

Not necessarily. To be a good candidate, good overall health is necessary. Additionally, you need to have a fairly healthy mouth and plenty of bone to support the implant post. However, even if you’ve lost some bone, a surgeon can build it up sufficiently with a bone graft.

What to expect in the dental chair and how to care for your implant at home

From start to finish, this form of treatment takes approximately three to six appointments. These include:

  • Tooth extraction
  • Bone graft
  • Placing the implant post into the jawbone
  • Taking an impression for a crown to fit over the post
  • Delivering the permanent crown

These steps are necessary to give the body time to heal and for the implant to integrate into the bone (osseointegration).

Once the crown has been delivered, you’ll need to care for your implant and crown just as you would for real teeth.

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Besides great homecare, regular dental visits are imperative when receiving implants. Professional cleanings every three to six months are largely necessary. At this time, a checkup on the jawbone’s health and on implant stability will be conducted.

Dental Implants Cost: Why we believe that they are worth every penny

Dental implants have a 95%-98% success rate. That’s incredible – and one of the reasons why we think people should invest in them.

But there’s still one thing that tends to hold people back: the cost of dental implants. However, getting a dental implant can actually save money in the long run.

benefits of dental implants

By preventing jawbone degradation, implants keep the rest of the teeth and bones healthy and in good shape. Dental implants can help maintain the shape of the mouth, helping to retain your confidence.

At Meyer Dental, we want to do all that we can to help our patients get the highest quality of dental care. Therefore, we offer a variety of payment options, including 2 – 5% savings offers and interest-free payment plans for up to 12 months.

These payment options aim to remove some of the financial burden when considering implants so that you are able to invest in a wonderful smile for a lifetime!

Do you have any questions or concerns about whether dental implants are right for you? We can help! Call us at 847-827-6290 or email us and we’ll be happy to discuss all the options available to boost your confidence and health.

Dental Health for Seniors: Simple Solutions Workshop by Dr. Tom Meyer

Dental Health for Seniors: Simple Solutions Workshop by Dr. Tom Meyer

Wednesday, May 16
10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Frisbie Senior Center
52 Northwest Hwy
Des Plaines IL 60016

  • Do you have a lack of saliva?
  • Do you have trouble swallowing?
  • Do you take medications?
  • Do you miss eating certain foods?
  • Are you skipping meals because it is difficult to chew?
  • Do you have arthritis?
  • Do you have diabetes?

At our upcoming workshop at the Frisbie Senior Center in Des Plaines, I’ll be sharing many simple solutions to maximize your dental health and in turn your overall health.

These include the importance of managing dry mouth and how missing teeth can impact your health and confidence, amongst other topics pertinent to seniors’ oral health.

My goal is to show you that there are simple solutions to your dental needs and concerns.  Here’s a preview of what I’ll discuss. I hope you’ll be able to make this free event!

Dental Health for Seniors – Why We Need to Work Together to Manage Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is the bane of many seniors. In fact, the majority deal with it on a daily basis. It’s uncomfortable and makes eating and talking difficult.

And yet, I find that many people who come to my Des Plaines/Mount Prospect dentist office haven’t had this issue addressed. One of the main reasons this happens is because it’s often overlooked by the patients themselves or their caretakers.Happy elderly couple having breakfast in kitchen, smiling at camera.

Chronic dry mouth is an issue that should be addressed immediately. Xerostomia (dry mouth) can lead to significant health problems, including:

  • Dental caries and increased plaque
  • Oral candidiasis
  • Inflammation of the gums and mucosa
  • Difficulty speaking, eating, and swallowing
  • Painful tongue and taste disorders
  • Burning and stinging sensations in the mouth
  • Difficulty wearing dentures due to lack of lubrication from saliva

This is one of the main topics I’ll be discussing at my Simple Dental Solutions workshop. I’ll explain why seniors suffer with dry mouth (medications!) and I’ll also outline simple, refreshing ways to overcome symptoms.

Missing Teeth or Ill-Fitting Dentures Can Impact a Senior’s Overall Health and Confidence

Another topic I’ll be discussing at the workshop is missing teeth and dealing with ill-fitting dentures.

Studies have shown just how impactful losing a tooth can be on a person’s self-esteem.

Just because a person is in their golden years doesn’t mean that they aren’t affected by aesthetics. We should all be able to feel great about the way we look – at any age. woman-foy-dentures

Beyond our confidence level, we have to think about our health.

Losing a tooth can lead to jawbone recession. There’s nothing holding the jawbone in place or providing vital nutrients to it. When that happens, the jawbone shrinks. This can make eating and talking difficult.

What’s Wrong with Traditional Dentures?

Many seniors have expressed that they cannot stand wearing their dentures.

Traditional dentures can have a tendency of making people look older. For some, they are the answer to missing teeth. But for the advantages they offer (i.e. biting and chewing), dentures lack one important quality. They do not stimulate the jawbone. They offer no help to reduce the look of aging.

Essentially, the jaw ignores traditional dentures and continues to regress. The result of jaw bone resorption is the “sunken” appearance of the mouth and the chin.

At the Simple Dental Solutions Workshop, we dive into  how The Denture Fountain of Youth™ can give you back your youthful appearance and teeth that let you talk, eat, laugh, and smile  – knowing they are secure.

We Believe That All Seniors Deserve the Very Best in Dental Care

You can come to the Des Plaines Frisbie Center anytime between 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM to learn how you can eat, drink, and smile better with dentures and how to relieve health concerns such as dry mouth.

Afterwards, there will be a chance for you to ask questions. We are happy to discuss dental options for you that tailor to your specific and personalized goals.

We will have light breakfast treats and refreshments available for all to enjoy.

Will You Join Me for My Simple Dental Solutions Workshop?

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I hope to show seniors why they deserve the best dental care available. I want to show you that everyone at my Des Plaines/Mount Prospect dentist office commits daily to improving the health of those in our community.

There will be a lot of great information presented at this workshop. It will be informative and helpful. But most of all, it’ll be fun.

Please RVSP by calling our office at 847-827-6290, or emailing email@meyerdentalgroup.net, or just stop by!

 

Dr. Tom Meyer, D.D.S., F.I.C.C.M.O – Dentist Mount Prospect

 

 

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