What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are by far the most natural looking and “real” feeling way to replace teeth that are missing. Many other teeth replacement options are prone to slipping or clicking as you eat, talk or laugh. Dental implants won’t slip or click. They will impart greater confidence in business and social situations, as you won’t even think about your teeth. They will just feel like “your” teeth.
Dental implants are also a healthy option for maintaining or regaining proper facial structure and maintaining the jaw bone. When tooth loss occurs, it is common for the face to begin “falling in.” The effects may be subtle at first and may only result in a person looking a tiny bit older than they really are. But, over time, the effects can be dramatic and very young people can begin to look like they are in their fifties and sixties.
Do Implants Work As Well As Other Teeth?
Yes! Dental implants look and feel exactly like your real teeth. In fact, if you don’t tell anyone that you’ve had implants, they’ll never know! They are secured to your jawbone using a titanium screw, or “post,” that is surgically implanted by a dentist with extensive knowledge and experience in implant procedures. Once the jawbone and gums have healed completely, a crown is placed on the post. A crown is a replacement tooth that is built specifically for you and looks exactly like your natural teeth.
What Is The Dental Implant Process Like?
The first step to getting dental implants is to see a dental implant specialist like Dr. Gorjifar at Pearl Fine Dental Care. Your dentist should have extensive training and experience in dental implant procedures. The dentist will have to thoroughly examine you, taking x-rays and doing a complete gum examination. It is very important that a person be free of any level of periodontal disease before beginning any kind of implant process. Periodontal disease in infection of the gums and can be serious, leading to gum recession and bone loss. If you have periodontal disease, or any type of infection of the gums, it will need to be taken care of before it is safe to proceed with dental implants.
What If One Dentist Said He Would Do Implants For Me, But Another Had Said I’m Not A Candidate?
Be careful in allowing anyone to complete a dental implant procedure for you if someone else has said you are not a candidate, or that certain oral health issues needed to be taken care of before proceeding with implants. If another dentist tells you that they will perform the procedure immediately, ask yourself if your health is worth risking? There are many people in the world, including the world of dentistry, who are more concerned with making money than with the care and health of patients. If you have had conflicting diagnosis from two different dentists, you should seek a third opinion to confirm the diagnosis.
Who Is A Candidate For Dental Implants?
In order to qualify for dental implants a person must:
- Have healthy bone structure in their face, not a lot of bone loss.
- Not be a smoker, or have quit smoking for at least three months. Quitting smoking increases your chances of successful dental implants and reduces your chance of developing an infection during the implant process.
- Free from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is infection of the gums and can lead to implant failure and further complications if implants are placed before the periodontal disease is fully cared for.
- If you have diabetes or heart disease, you will need to discuss your conditions with your dentist and your doctor to determine if you are healthy enough for dental implants.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of dental implants varies depending on the number and placement of the teeth to be replaced. You can find more about our implant pricing structure here.
An in person consultation will allow our dentist to create a personalised course of treatment, including a detailed cost analysis, which will allow you to better determine the cost of implants and whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants.
We offer a dental financing option that may help you cover the cost of dental implants. You can receive more information about this financing programme by calling the surgery or visiting our location in Bournemouth.
What Improvements Will I See When I Receive Dental Implants?
There are many advantages to receiving dental implants, including a boost in confidence and improved self-esteem. According to WebMD, after dental implants you can expect:
Improved Appearance. Implants look and feel like natural teeth. They are rooted to your jawbone and are a permanent replacement to lost teeth.
Improved Speech. Missing teeth can cause a slurring of speech and other speech issues. Dentures can slip and click when you’re speaking, causing mumbling or slurring, as well. Dental implants allow you speak as you would with your own, natural teeth.
More Comfortable. Because they are a part of your, implants eliminate uncomfortable dentures and other dental appliances. You’ll feel as you did before you lost your teeth.
Better Nutrition. It becomes easier to eat when you have all of your teeth firmly in place. Dentures can slip around when eating and make it difficult to eat everything you’d like to. When you’re missing teeth, it can be difficult to properly chew your food, making it impossible to absorb all of the nutrition from your food. With implants, these problems will disappear.
Improved Oral Health. Dental implants don’t require the reduction of neighbouring teeth, the way dental bridges can. By not altering nearby teeth, you are able to keep more of your natural teeth, improving long-term oral health. Oral hygiene is easier, as well, since you maintain access between individual teeth for cleaning.
Improved Self-esteem. Implants give you back your smile and make you feel better about yourself. You’ll no longer feel the need to hide your smile, as you did when your teeth were missing. Nor will you have to worry that your dentures will slip or show or that you’ll have to remove them in public because something got stuck behind them. You’ll smile and laugh without worry after getting dental implants.
Are Implants Considered Cosmetic Dentistry?
Sometimes people get dental implants simply for cosmetic reasons, but not usually. Generally speaking, dental implants are used as a way of replacing teeth that have been lost due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, or facial trauma.
For more information about dental implants, please visit our surgery in Bournemouth for a thorough examination and personally designed treatment plan. Our head of dentistry, Dr. Maziar Gorjifar, is dedicated to patient education and will spend enough time with you that you will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and receive answers about the dental implant procedure.
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