Answering Your Questions About Dental Implants

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answering your questions about dental implants

Answering Your Questions About Dental Implants

Today’s dental implants are the best and most often recommended solution for many people’s tooth loss. Whether you’ve lost one tooth or more than one, and no matter how those teeth were lost, implants may be the solution you’ve been waiting and looking for.

How does the strength of implants compare with real teeth?

This may be obvious after a moment’s thought, but it’s worth mentioning. Dental implants are the only solution for missing teeth that are implanted into your jaw. Every other option floats on your gums or relies on your neighbouring teeth for their support. That difference is critical. That bonding of the implants to your jaw means your implants are effectively as strong and stable as your natural teeth — firmly planted into your jaw.

Is implant surgery dangerous?

Before you undergo any surgery, your dentist in SE Edmonton will perform a complete assessment of your jaw, health, and dental history as well as review precise dental images. All of that careful assessment ensures that your dentist at The Meadows Dental Clinic has all the information they need to perform your surgery safely, effectively, and without any complications. That’s not to say you should take the matter casually, but it does mean that you can be confident going into, during, and after your surgery. Thanks to constant advances in technology, techniques, and procedures, implant surgery has a success rate of over 98%.

How do I look after my implants?

Once you’ve fully recovered from your implant surgery and a final restoration — replacement tooth, dentures, bridges, whatever the case may be — is in place, you will be able to treat that implant and restoration as if it were a completely natural tooth. What does that mean? It means that you can maintain your implant simply by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and seeing your dentist twice a year for a regular check-up.

How will dental implants affect my jaw bone?

When a tooth root has been missing from your jaw for a prolonged period of time, the jawbone material begins to change. It recedes or resorbs. The changes to the material in your jaw change the shape of your jaw which also changes the shape of your mouth and, over time, even your face. Persistent tooth loss that results in changes to your jaw can cause your face to take on a sunken or concave appearance. The changes in the shape of your face can even cause wrinkles to develop around the lower sections of your face. All of those changes can contribute to apparent premature aging.

Implants replace your natural missing tooth roots with titanium posts that your body accepts as natural bone tissue. The presence of those new artificial roots prevents your bone material from receding or resorbing. They prevent your jaw from changing shape and protect your face from developing a sunken or concave appearance. We’re not saying dental implants in SE Edmonton make you younger, but there’s no doubt that they keep you from looking older before your time.

Will implants affect my health?

Living with multiple missing teeth can result in serious and chronic health conditions that extend far beyond your mouth. In an article entitled “Life Expectancy Linked to Number of Teeth,” Dentistry Today has reported that people over 65 who are missing more than five teeth are more likely to experience osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and even diabetes. Replacing those missing teeth with permanent substitute roots and alternatives may reduce the risk of developing those serious medical conditions.

On a more immediate level, dental implants will make you healthier by the simple fact that they’ll enable you to eat more healthily again. Many people living with multiple missing teeth forego foods like raw fruit, many vegetables, and many types of meat. All of those types of food are essential to your nutrition, weight, and overall health. If the dietary sacrifices forced upon you by tooth loss have begun to undermine your health, you can reverse that trend by asking a dentist if you’re a good candidate for obtaining dental implants near you

Are you a candidate for dental implants in SE Edmonton? After reviewing these common questions and important answers carefully, contact a dentist near you to find out what implants can accomplish for you.