The dental implant process isn’t new, but recently, there has been a spike in the number of people choosing this procedure for replacing their missing teeth. Data shows there are 3 million people in the U.S. with dental implants, and that number is growing by 500,000 each year. Why is there such an increase in patients choosing this route? A local dentist lists the top 5 reaasons.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a surgically-inserted, permanent fixture that mimics your teeth roots by attaching to the underlying bone. Over time, the implant fuses with your existing bone to form a firm and lasting foundation that allows your tooth to be fully restored.
Although is it a more invasive method than traditional dentures, the benefits offered by the dental implant procedure have increased its popularity.
Reason #1 – A Natural Look
One of the perks of having dental implants placed is the authentic-looking smile patients are left with. A key element that separates implants from traditional dentures is that the former attaches to the jawbone instead of resting on the gums. Thus, by recreating the original environment in the mouth, dental implants contribute to a natural-looking set of teeth.
Reason #2 – Longevity
Another attractive feature of dental implants is, in some cases, they can last up to a lifetime. However, this depends on patients doing the following things:
- Brushing the teeth at least two times to remove bacteria and food particles
- Flossing twice daily to remove the remaining 40% of debris that can’t be cleaned with just a toothbrush
- Visiting the dentist for checkups and cleanings and to have the condition of the implants and prosthetics monitored
Reason #3 – High Success Rates
Since the dental implant process is mildly invasive and involves the tedious task of attaching the titanium post to the jawbone, it requires a skilled expert to perform the procedure. With the technology and advanced techniques available to dentists now, the implant process carries an over 95% success rate.
Reason #4 – Improved Functionality
Not only do patients reap the benefits of a more aesthetically-pleasing smile, they are also able to enjoy the restored functionality of their teeth. That means chewing food is possible again, and it’s no longer a chore to speak normally.
Reason #5 – Fortified Bone Structure
In addition to restoring patients’ functionality, dental implants also fortify the entire facial structure. The jawbone is constantly sending data to the brain. When there is diminished tension in one area, there can be bone resorption (the weakening of the bone through calcium depletion). This can lead to diminished bone mass.
By attaching to the jawbone, the implant triggers the natural response to tension, which is to continue producing new bone cells and ensuring the overall integrity of the facial structure.
While the dental implant process is rising in popularity, patients should still visit a local implant dentist to learn more about the procedure and to be thoroughly examined. With a new implant and restored teeth, a countless number of patients have gone on to live fruitful lives.
About the Author
Dr. Neil Flenniken has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years, yet the Howard University graduate has never relented in his devotion to expanding both his knowledge and skillset. Thus, he has received advanced postgraduate training from the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. Dr. Flenniken helps patients increase their confidence and enjoy improved oral health with dental implants at Monarch Dentistry, and he can be reached for more information through his website.