5 Facts About Dental Implants You Should Know — Ascension Premier DentalJanuary 15th, 2017
Your teeth are your best teeth. They are meant to last forever. But life happens. You can break your teeth, knock out your teeth, or maybe you simply were not blessed with great teeth. Whatever the case, our Geismar dental office works to give durable and beautiful replacement teeth that will last for years — if not forever.
A missing teeth or multiple failing teeth are about as serious of a dental problem as you can have. This problem can happen suddenly, and it can absolutely transform your life in multiple ways. Your physical appearance changes (both short-term and long-term), your lifestyle changes, (you cannot eat the food you love), and your mental state changes (missing teeth or gaps in your smile can make you feel self-conscious). All of these issues are serious problems, and now there are ones that can be rectified at my office.
That’s because we use state-of-the-art dental implants to replace missing teeth and to stabilize dentures. Dental implants are the NEXT best thing to your natural teeth. Today I have 5 facts about dental implants that you need to consider.
- Dental implants can preserve the jawbone. You natural teeth are secured by the jawbone. But when you lose your natural teeth, the jawbone will recede. When the jawbone deteriorates, the face changes shape. Patients lose the vertical dimension between their nose and chin and will development wrinkles around their mouth. Dental implants are unique because they naturally fuse to and preserve the jawbone. Once the implants has healed, it can be restored with either a crown, bridge or dentures.
- Dental implants nearly mimic the function of natural teeth. A healed dental implant has about 90 percent of the biting force of natural teeth. This is a big thing to consider, especially if you want to secure your dentures with dental implants. Removable dentures provide only about 25 to 50 percent of biting force of natural teeth. Of course, that means that removable denture wearers have to avoid certain foods. That’s not a problem with natural teeth or dental implants!
- Dental implant procedures are highly successful. There is more than one option to replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are one of the most successful tooth replacement options out there. We assess your jawbone levels and can place dental implants with a more than 95 percent success rate. So, while placing a dental implant is considered oral surgery, the treatment is highly successful.
- Dental implants can extend your life. When you restore your mouth with dental implants, you can anything you want. Healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and nuts are back on the menu. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have long believed that dental care directly affects your overall health. In fact, the clinic maintains that those with who keep their natural teeth — or having a nearly equal replacement option — will live 10 years longer than those who lose their teeth.
- There is no age limit for dental implants. There are few requirements or stimulations when it comes to placing dental implants. Age isn’t one of those. The only things we need to consider is if the patients has enough jawbone to support the implant and if they are in relatively good health. If you are struggling with diseases like diabetes or even gum disease, the healing process for dental implants takes longer. We properly vet every dental implant patient well before we begin any treatments.
The REAL Investment of Dental Implants
I’ll be upfront with you: Dental implants are not cheap. They can carry a big price tag, especially if you need multiple implants. By price comparison, dentures are more cheaper, at least when you consider the one-time investment. But dentures can warp or break over time.
Instead of the price, I want you to think about what you are missing out on. Removable dentures do not allow you to smile with confidence or eat the food you love. What is perhaps the worst is that your overall health can plummet. The lifestyle differences between dental implants and natural teeth is tiny. The lifestyle differences between living with teeth and without teeth is MASSIVE.
Before you make a decision based only on the price, think about these 5 point above. Then give me a call at 225-963-5548 to schedule a consultation. I’d love to speak with you more about how we can improve your oral health and give you a beautiful, beaming smile.