Although dental care continues to improve dramatically, tooth loss is still prevalent. Worse, many of those suffering tooth loss believe that the only safe and reliable treatment option is dentures. That’s because despite being one of the most reliable cosmetic dentistry procedures, dental implants are misunderstood.
Dental implants are comprised of two main components, the titanium root inserted into the jaw which interfaces with bone, and the crown which attaches to the root. Although success rates vary, in general the success rate of dental implants is 98%.
If you’ve been suffering with tooth loss and are considering dental implants, here are three common misunderstandings we’d like to clear up.
Dental Implants Look Unnatural
This common misconception is unsurprising considering that we tend to assume that any dental apparatus can’t possibly look natural. Coupled with this, the phrase “titanium implant” can be misleading, creating the image of a metal tooth.
The truth is that “titanium” refers to the root inserted into the jaw bone. What is actually visible is the “crown,” which is constructed of high-tech porcelain that is both incredibly durable and natural-looking, the luster of the porcelain mimicking that of our enamel.
Implants Require Too Much Upkeep
The rule of dental implant maintenance is a simple one: care for them like you’d care for your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing twice a day, and visiting the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings is all you have to do to maintain your implants.
Once the procedure is completed and your healing period is over, not even your diet has to change. The biggest worry about dental implants is periodontal disease, which can be avoided by maintaining your oral hygiene.
Implants Are a Waste of Money
Many mistakenly believe that dental implants are only a cosmetic luxury, and aren’t worth their time or money. The truth is that losing teeth can impact your mouth in several ways. Our jaw has the incredible ability to constantly rebuild itself. When we lose teeth, however, and the stimulation of chewing disappears, our jaws actually lose muscle, causing a sunken look in our cheeks. Tooth loss can also cause other teeth to shift, impacting bite and putting your remaining teeth at a greater risk.
Implants have been show to significantly improve a person’s quality of life over traditional dentures. When properly maintained, dental implants can last a lifetime (some patients have had them for over 50 years). So when you’re looking at the cost of dental implants, consider them an investment in your quality of life for the rest of your life. Then you’ll see their true value.
If you’re missing teeth in Wilmington, NC, and are worried about your jaw or appearance, please call (910) 392-6060 today for an appointment with implant dentist Dr. Michael Kuzma at Kuzma Advanced Dentistry.