What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?

September 15, 2023
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Dental implants are a popular way to replace a missing tooth and restore a patient’s smile. 

But if you’ve been looking into the procedure, the healing timeline, and the potential cost, you’re probably wondering if all this effort is worth it.

Find out the answer by discovering the unique benefits of dental implants below!

What Are Dental Implants? 

Dental implants are artificial teeth that restore both the function and the look of your smile. Unlike other types of tooth replacement procedures, dental implants will also replace the root of the natural tooth.

Implants are made from three components:

  • Metal post: A titanium element inserted surgically into the jaw bone.
  • Abutment: A connector piece that can absorb the shock placed on the implants while chewing.
  • Dental crown: The tooth, made to match each patient’s specific tooth size, shape, and color

During the implant surgery, your dentist makes a small incision into your gums and inserts the metal post. After about 6 months, the bone, gums, and other tissues fuse to the implant, and you can get both the abutment and the crown.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants have an impressive 97% success rate. The reason for this is the thorough screening patients go through to be cleared for surgery.

You are likely a good candidate for implants if you meet the following criteria:

  • You’re not allergic to titanium.
  • You have generally good oral health.
  • You have healthy gums.
  • You have healthy bones and sufficient bone mass.
  • You’re not suffering from a certain disease or taking medication that could affect healing.

Even if you don’t meet all of these criteria, you may still get implants if you undergo additional treatment. For example, patients with bone loss can still get an implant if they first get bone graft surgery to restore tissue. 

Benefits of Dental Implants 

Dental implants can present these unique advantages:

  • Lifelong restoration: Dental implants last a lifetime. Though the dental crown may need changing after 10–15 years, the abutment or metal post only needs it in extraordinary cases, such as trauma sustained to the mouth or jaw.
  • Natural results: Dental implants look 100% natural since they mimic exactly the structure of the natural tooth.
  • Easy maintenance: You only need daily brushing and flossing and routine dental appointments to care for dental implants and your natural teeth.
  • Oral health support: Dental implants not only restore your smile but also help keep your other teeth from moving, stimulate the jaw bone and keep it healthy, and prevent your facial features from changing.

Find Out If Implants Are Right for You

Dental implants are an excellent choice to restore your smile, but to find out if they are the right one for you, visit Monaco Dentistry for a consultation with a dentist near you.

Schedule your visit online, or reach out to our team if you have any questions.

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