Dental implants can be a life-changing experience, as well as a great way to maintain oral health. Although this is considered a long-term solution, it’s important to be aware of the benefits and required maintenance of dental implants before undergoing the procedure.
Consider the following before contacting your dentist:
Dental implants are a popular choice for replacing lost and broken teeth. Here are the advantages of dental implants:
- Functions the same as your natural teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods without pain and discomfort.
- Improves speech.
- Prevents shifting of nearby teeth, preserving the contour of the jawbone and face.
- Lasts years with proper care and maintenance.
- Prevents bone loss beneath the missing teeth (if an implant is not placed after a year of losing your tooth, the bone area loses 25% of its volume).
- Improves your self-esteem and brightens your smile.
Caring for your dental implants is just as vital as caring for your natural teeth. No special treatment is required, but proper care and maintenance are necessary to maintain optimal oral health. Additionally, regular checkups and cleanings are necessary to keep implants in the same condition as the rest of your teeth.
The Process Takes Time
The process of getting a tooth implant can require more than one appointment. If the natural tooth needs to be pulled first, it’s recommended to let the area heal before putting in the implant. A checkup is required after the healing process to ensure that the area is properly healed and that the jawbone has the adequate density for the implant. Depending on how much work is required, the process can take up to six months. Much of that time is dedicated to the healing process and the strengthening of the jawbone.
Your general health is an important factor, since there are several conditions that can cause problems with the fusing of the implant to the jawbone. There are some health conditions that can affect the implant, including:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Severe Periodontal Disease
Although these conditions can be contraindications to treatment, many dentists will still be able to administer dental implants despite these health conditions. This is achieved by modifying your treatment plan.
Cosmo Dental Care in London, Ontario offers dental implants for patients of all ages. Call us at (519) 659-2767 to book an appointment and learn more about how you can make your implants last a lifetime.