In a 2015 publication, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that 91 percent of adults aged 20-64 have untreated dental cavities and that only 34 percent of adults aged 40 to 64 still have all of their permanent teeth. If you’ve lost one or more of your permanent teeth, are having trouble with chewing or speaking, dental implants can restore your smile.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
To begin, a titanium post is attached to your jaw. This serves as a false root to anchor your new tooth. The dentist will use local anesthesia, so you feel nothing.
Once the anchor is firmly in place, you’ll need to wait several weeks for the bone of your jaw to grow around the dental implant and attach to it firmly. This may not be painful, although you will need to be careful not to chew with the implant during this time.
Once the dental implant has successfully grafted into your jaw, then the artificial tooth can be used.
If your implant is permanent and non-removable, a crown will be affixed to it, and you will brush, floss and maintain it like a natural tooth.
If your implant is removable, the dentist will instruct you on proper cleaning and care procedures.
While many patients have no issues with their implants, there’s always a possibility that challenges could crop up.
Sometimes the implant does not cleave into the jaw properly, leaving the implant unstable. That’s why it’s imperative to seek an experienced professional to perform the procedure.
There are things you can do to avoid complications with a dental implant. Don’t smoke, as it affects your ability to heal. Practice excellent oral hygiene to keep your mouth as clean and healthy as possible. Don’t grind your teeth, chew on objects or otherwise abuse the implant.
While the one-year success rate of dental implants stands at 96.8 percent, it’s important that you have realistic expectations.
Contraindications for Dental Implants
Not everyone is a suitable candidate to receive dental implants. The following health conditions might make you ineligible:
- A history of heart trouble, including heart attacks, cardiomyopathy or valve issues.
- Active cancer, as the treatments could make healing difficult and lead to a failed implant.
- Brittle bone diseases such as osteomalacia or osteoporosis.
Dental implants can restore your smile and give you back the easy chewing and speaking of youth. If you’re considering permanent tooth replacement, contact Andover Smiles today to make an appointment.