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5 Must-Know Facts of Dental Implants

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Are you struggling to eat the food you love because of your bad teeth? Do your teeth hurt? Do you have missing teeth that make it hard for you to smile with confidence? Missing teeth or gaps in your smile are life-altering problems that shouldn’t be ignored.

At Aberdeen Smiles, we take pride in helping patients overcome problems like missing teeth. The patients we help with dental implants rave about the changes in their lives. They feel better when they eat — and are no longer in physical or emotional pain. We never lecture our patients or make them feeling guilty about the state of their mouth. But, if you’re mouth is in a poor state, know that we can help.

Below are five things you need to know about dental implants.

5 Facts About Dental Implants to Know

Dental implants are nearly as good as natural teeth

Your natural teeth are your best teeth. Unfortunately, there is nothing as good as your natural teeth. But, now there is an almost as-good solution: dental implants. Before dental implants, our two best tooth replacement options were removable dentures or bridges. Dentures are only half as strong — at best — as natural teeth, and bridges require invasive restorative procedures. When we place dental implants, it’s as though you have new tooth roots. The dental implants can be restored with either crowns, bridges, or dentures.

Dental Implants are biocompatible

Dental implants are made from titanium, a material that will fuse to the jawbone. Here’s how it works. Once the implant is placed in the jawbone, it heals around the bone (this is called osseointegration). Once the implant has healed, it literally becomes part of your body. It can then last for the rest of your life.

Dental implant surgery is highly successful

Getting a dental implant is technically oral surgery, but don’t hear the word “surgery” and immediately scoff. At Aberdeen Smiles, our dental professional are highly trained and have seen just about every dental condition you can think of. When it comes to placing dental implants, this procedure is successful about 98 percent of the time. For any medical procedure, that success rate is amazing!

You have more options than ever before

When dental implants were introduced into dentistry, we dentists only used them to replace single missing teeth. Now we can use dental implants to replace single missing teeth, multiple missing teeth, or entire arches of missing teeth. There is even a special type of full-mouth dental implant restoration called All-on-4 dental implants. This method requires use to place only four implants on each arch to secure your new permanent teeth. Perhaps the best feature of our All-on-4 dental implants is that the final upper restoration will not cover the roof of your mouth. This may not seem like a big change, but many denture wearers hate having a plate that covers the upper palate. An upper plate blocks tastes and hot and cold sensations.

In additional to special full-mouth implants, we use mini dental implants for patients who have thin jawbones. Mini dental implants are a great way for patients to forego extensive bone or gum grafting.

Dental implants can save your life

A person without teeth cannot eat the food they love and often switch to a soft-food diet. Of course, many soft foods can be great for you. But without teeth, you cannot eat many of the healthy nuts, foods, and vegetables that are imperative to maintaining a healthy diet. According to the Mayo Clinic, people without teeth can live 10 years less than people who have their natural teeth. By replacing your teeth with something nearly as good — dental implants — all your favorite foods are back on the menu — even the healthy options.

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Our dental office is a no-guilt, lecture-free zone. We want to resolve your issues and get you feeling great. If you’re ready to partner with us to achieve a better, healthier smile, give us a call today at 605-609-1632 or use the online form to request an appointment.