It can be physically and psychologically challenging to struggle with missing teeth. While you may not be able to eat what used to be your favorite foods, it could be that you also avoid smiling. Whether you lost one or multiple teeth due to decay, gingivitis, or injury, you may be a candidate for dental implants. In this blog post, we will explain the ins and outs of this cosmetic procedure.
Before we really dive into dental implants and the procedure itself, let’s first look at some statistics according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry:
- More than 35 million Americans are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws
- 3 million people have implants and that number is growing by 500,000 a year
- The success rate of dental implants has been reported as high as 98 percent
Defining Dental Implants
Here’s what the procedure entails. A cosmetic dentist will begin by attaching an implant (made of titanium) to the jawbone beneath the patient’s gums and appears as a metal post, to which an artificial tooth is affixed. Keep in mind that the post bonds to the jawbone, creating a permanent hold for the tooth. On occasion, patients will be concerned that having dental implants will cause a major shift in lifestyle. However, those who undergo the procedure report that their implants look natural and don’t function any differently than natural teeth. You don’t have to be concerned with eating, speaking, or smiling. Not to mention, as opposed to dentures, there’s no task of taking out your teeth for regular cleaning.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Improve the overall appearance of your smile
- Replace missing teeth to prevent the natural erosion of your jawbone
- Maintain improved oral health, as well as a more youthful facial bone structure
- Can last a lifetime as long as they’re cared for properly
- Designed to match your original smile for an attractive, seamless look
Dental Implants at Beaver Brooke Dental
For more than 35 years, Dr. Ken Claggett has been Sandy’s go-to dentist. Should you opt for this procedure, we’ll begin by learning your personal goals that you have for your smile. Dr. Claggett will look at your individual situation as he decides on the implant type that makes the most sense for you. Please note that the average patient recovers from a dental implant procedure within a few days, however, everyone is different. Recovery typically involves over-the-counter pain medication and cold compresses for pain and swelling.
Your Preferred Cosmetic Dentist
The team at Beaver Brooke Dental does so much more besides cleanings. We are proud to offer patients a number of restorative and cosmetic procedures, including CEREC single appointment crowns, six-month braces, sleep apnea solutions, Lumineers veneers, Snap on Smile, extractions, and root canals.
It’s our belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy high-quality, affordable dental care. That’s why we offer patients without dental insurance a flexible financing solution. For a small annual fee, Beaver Brooke patients can take advantage of 15-20 percent off all dental care (regardless of procedure) at our office.
Don’t let those missing teeth ruin your life any longer. Call now to discuss dental implants.