A dental implant is an attractive option for people who have lost or broken one or more teeth. Dental implants are typically preferred by dentists, provided the patient is in good overall health and can heal well from the surgery. Implants have a few advantages over other options like bridges or dentures: they’re the closest thing to your real teeth, they’re easy to take care of, and they last longer.
Dental implants are made out of titanium and are surgically implanted into your jaw in order to hold the replacement tooth. The implant is most commonly placed in the jawbone but can also be put on the jawbone if necessary. The bones of the jaw actually heal around the titanium and integrate it into the mouth structure, which is a great benefit of implants.
How do you know if you need dental implants?
Here are three common reasons to visit your dentist to see if you’re a candidate for dental implants.
- You have one or more missing or broken teeth due to injury or disease. People lose teeth for many different reasons, and it’s nothing to feel embarrassed about, as you’ve got plenty of options with modern dentistry. The best time to get implants is as close to the tooth loss as possible.
- You currently have bridges or dentures in your mouth and are unhappy with them. Dentures and bridges may be time-consuming to take care of and need to be replaced every so often. They also don’t offer the security that dental implants do, and you may find that you aren’t able to enjoy your favorite foods or your self-confidence is affected in some way.
- Your self-confidence or happiness is suffering in some way because of your teeth. Many people may feel uncomfortable eating in social situations with their dentures or bridges or may not feel as confident as they used to. The team at Chauvin Dental wants our patients to be proud of their smiles, and we can work with you to figure out a plan to achieve that together.
If you do get dental implants, you’ll take care of them the same way you do your natural teeth: brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, floss once a day, and visit your dentist every six months for regular scheduled cleanings. If you want to see if you’re a potential candidate for dental implants, schedule an appointment with Chauvin Dental today.