They Improve Your Life?
There have been very few advances in Cosmetic Dentistry that have had as great an impact as Dental Implants. So, what exactly are Dental Implants? Quite simply, an Implant is a titanium screw used to replace the missing or damaged root. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth or to anchor multiple teeth together, as with a bridge or a denture. Dentures will be necessary whenever all the teeth are missing in either upper or lower jaw. Following a general period of healing, where the implant fuses with the bone tissue, a single crown, a bridge or denture is placed over the implant(s).
The benefits of Dental Implants can be quite dramatic in patients of all ages with loose, missing, or decayed teeth, which have occurred either naturally or through an accident. Whether the choice for this type of treatment is made for oral health or simply cosmetic reasons, there is absolutely no substitute for the gift of a healthy, attractive smile. Without question, it affects self-esteem, job performance, energy levels and social interaction.
Simply stated, Dental Implants will surely improve the quality of life through the following important benefits:
The complete procedure generally takes about 4-6 months for upper jaw and 3 months for lower jaw. Success rates will range between 85 - 100%, depending first of all, upon where the implants are placed and secondly, whether they're placed into natural bone or grafted bone tissue. A significant consideration affecting failure rates is whether or not the patient is a smoker. When a patient smokes, it's been shown that they are statistically two and a half times more likely to have an implant fail than a non-smoker.
Daily brushing and flossing are absolutely necessary for long-term success. The good news here is that there are lots of supplemental products that will allow you to clean and maintain the implants properly. With that being said, undoubtedly, the best steps to take in avoiding ailing or failing dental implants are to implement a program of recommended oral hygiene, and regularly scheduled diagnostic visits with your dentist.
As to how to answer the questions relating to exactly how long Dental Implants will last, it's important to note that the first implant recipient, dating back to 1965 still has his original implants, healthy and function to this day. So, with proper care there's every reason to believe that your implants can be in good health and with you for the rest of your life.
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