For years, dental implants were just another dental restoration solution. Now, we estimate over 2 million people nationwide will take advantage of dental implants in 2018. They are the number one solution for restoring or replacing a missing tooth, and are essential if you want strong, healthy teeth. See for yourself why dental implants are the best solution available! We have 20 facts about dental implants below, check them out and see why you should get a dental implant if you have one or more missing teeth.
1. Dental Implants are Like Natural Teeth
A dental implant is much like a natural tooth. It’s strong and stable, meaning it’ll stay in place without worrying about it falling out. The shade of the crown on top of the implant will match the staining of your teeth, resulting in a natural appearance. Better yet, dental implants feel just like natural, healthy teeth, which is a very good feeling. Other solutions including dentures and partials cause discomfort and are plain ugly to look at.
2. They are Cost-Effective
Getting a dental implant is a big deal. At first, the initial price of one may be more than any other restoration solution. However, the payoff is longevity. With proper care, dental implants can last up to a lifetime. In comparison, dentures and partials need replacing every couple of years to keep up with jawbone deficiency, which can add up over time and cost more money.
3. Dental Implants Bring Less Worry into Your Life
We’ve seen movies where someone’s denture slips out at the most inopportune time, setting up for embarrassment and taunts by others around. However, this is a nightmare that comes true for many people, and it won’t stop until you get a dental implant. Since dental implants are a fixed solution, you’ll never have to worry about it falling out.
4. They Help Retain Your Facial Features
Dental implants are the only restorative solution that does more than fill a hole in your healthy smile. Your teeth help you look young for longer. Without them, they can cause your face to sink and your smile to disappear forever into a frown. Luckily, a dental implant can help retain your facial features and keep you from looking older than you really are.
5. Dental Implants Stabilize Your Jawbone
Your jawbone is very sensitive. It relies heavily on your teeth to keep it together. If you have a missing tooth, the bone underneath will begin to demineralize and deteriorate. A dental implant can prevent this, through a process called osseointegration, where it bonds directly to the jawbone like a natural tooth. Other solutions just sit on top of the gums, doing nothing for your jawbone which only sinks in underneath.
6. No Embarrassment Comes with a Dental Implant
Going out with friends and family is one thing, smiling and being able to laugh is another. Yes, these people are close to you, but you’ll always feel embarrassment about a missing tooth. A dental implant can reverse those feelings. By filling in your missing teeth with dental implants, you’ll feel comfortable, have a higher self-esteem and feel better about yourself when out and about.
7. Dental Implants are Super Easy to Take Care of
Dentures and partials need this sticky adhesive you must apply everyday for them to stay inside your mouth without any problems. You get none of that with dental implants. Unlike other solutions, taking care of a dental implant is easy! Simply brush your teeth for two minutes, two times a day and remember to floss as best you can!
8. It’s Easy to Talk with a Dental Implant
Denture users can relate to having a block in their mouth making it difficult just to talk. The difficulty can lead to a point you may just take out the denture in plain sight. This is not a problem with dental implants. Thanks to their natural feel, it’s easy to talk without any issue. Not only will you appreciate this, but everyone else that interacts with you in your life will to.
9. No More Taking Out Your Teeth
When it comes to any other solution, typically you take them out at night only for it to soak in a cup somewhere in your bathroom. That’s not the case with dental implants. They are a fixture in your mouth, you’ll never have to worry about them every slipping or falling out. Better yet, you won’t have to deal with taking them out for special cleanings or any of the sorts.
10. You Don’t Have to Give Up Your Favorite Foods
Denture users, come get dental implants! We understand the struggle of giving up your favorites delicacies for mushy foods that have no longer. Fortunately, dental implants make it possible to enjoy the foods you’ve always loved! Dental implants make it easy to bite, chew and swallow any food, much like your natural teeth. As well, dental implants let you enjoy your food and its flavors without getting in the way.
11. They Protect Your Existing Teeth
A missing tooth doesn’t go without consequence. When there’s a gap, teeth adjacent to it will shift in place in effort to cover as much room as possible. In turn this can cause jaw pain, swollen gums and more teeth to fall out. Dental implants can stop this. Thanks to the nature of a dental implant, it mimics a natural tooth and prevents your teeth from shifting unconsciously.
12. Dental Implants are Highly Successful
One thing that sets dental implants apart from the rest is their successfulness. In all dental implant cases, 98% of them last a lifetime. For the most part, the cause of dental implant failure falls on smoking, chronic diabetes and lack of proper dental hygiene. Your dentist will warn you of these factors before receiving a dental implant. Make sure to take precautionary steps so you don’t fall into the 2% margin of failure.
13. They’re More Predictable than Other Solutions
A dental implant certainly proves it worth down the road. It’s reliability and predictability make it easy to take care of. You don’t have to worry about extra things like bridgework or removable applications that come with other solutions. All in all, if you need to replace a missing tooth and want it to behave like a natural one, a dental implant is the solution you are looking for.
14. Dental Implants Can’t Get Cavities
Growing up, you always had to worry about cavities. Maybe you lost a tooth because of one. Cavities suck, luckily a dental implant cannot develop one! Dental implants may look and feel like natural teeth, but they aren’t composed the same way. Thanks to this, plaque has nothing to eat away at and sits idly on the surface of the implant. Just make sure to take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing. You can still develop gum disease around the implant if you don’t take care of it properly.
15. Dental Implant Costs are Lower than Ever
Dentist are forever competing against each other to bring in more patients, which is great news for you. Thanks to the competition, dental implant costs are at its lowest ever! Make sure that the dentist you go to for a dental implant includes an implant post, abutment and crown in their pricing. Here in Los Angeles, take advantage of dental implant prices starting at $2500 per dental implant!
16. Anyone Can Get a Dental Implant
Whether you’re right out of high school or late into your retirement years, dental implants are here for you. Given you’re a suitable candidate for one, you can get a dental implant at any age. The one exception is for children, as their jawbone has yet to fully develop and can cause dental implant failure. Dental implants are a lifetime solution, so having to get one at an early age won’t hurt at all!
17. They’re Made of the Same Material Rockets Are
Unbeknownst to you, most dental implants consist of titanium, the same material used to build rockets. It’s not rocket science, but dental implants use titanium to bond to your jawbone with ease, keeping it secure and fixed inside your mouth. Just don’t expect your dental implant to propel you into space.
18. Dental Implants Used to be Seashells
Rewind all the way to 600AD, the Mayans used seashells for tooth restorations. They’d find small seashells and hammer it right into your mouth. Ouch! While it was a stepping stone to what is now modern dental implants, it must’ve certainly been painful and very unsanitary. Who are we to judge though, the Mayan civilization lasted a very long time with what they had back then.
19. Dental Implant Insurance is On the Rise
Dental implants are finally getting the coverage they need from dental insurance companies. In years prior, many paid out of pocket for dental implants even though they had dental insurance. That’s because insurances believe dental implants to be an esthetic surgery, one that isn’t necessary. However, someone in their group must’ve had a missing tooth, and so they’re finally including dental implants in their insurance policies.
20. All on 4 Dental Implants is an Option
If you’re missing an entire row of teeth, all it takes is 4 dental implants to restore them. Dating back to 2000, dentists have found inserting 4 dental implants and attaching a fixed prosthetic on top of them is as effective as lining up your entire mouth with dental implants. This solution is just as good, you’ll save lots of money and there won’t be such a heavy weight on your jawbone. Check this out if it fits your needs.
With dental implants, a missing tooth no longer has to be a problem. Essentially, they’re your third set of teeth for when you really need them. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to schedule your Free Consultation with Fillmore Dental Group! Start today, by giving us a call at (805) 265-3366 or filling out our appointment form online!