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.
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.
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.