What to Expect with Dental Implants
Dental implants are the best type of tooth replacement. If you have missing teeth or wear dentures, getting tooth implants will change your life.
But how so? What’s it like to live with dental implants?
Once your implants have fully healed, you’ll love the look of your smile. Oral surgeons design implanted teeth to closely resemble your natural teeth in size, shape, color and appearance. The goal is to give you a realistic smile that’s balanced and beautifully organic. In fact, hardly anyone will even know you have implants.
Dental implants aren’t removable like dentures. They’re permanently embedded in your jawbone, just like your natural teeth, so they sit firmly in place. After you’ve gotten used to the change in your mouth, you won’t even notice the implants. Implanted teeth feel completely natural.
If you have missing teeth, you probably try to hide the gaps when you smile. And if you wear dentures, you’ve likely noticed they sometime slip and you may have trouble pronouncing certain words. In either case, you also have to avoid certain foods.
With dental implants, all these problems are gone for good. You can smile and talk without fear of embarrassment, and you can eat anything you like without worrying about your teeth falling out.
The Oral Care
Taking care of dental implants really couldn’t be easier. To keep them in great shape for a lifetime, you simply need to adopt healthy oral care habits. In other words, brush and floss at least twice a day, refrain from using your teeth as tools and keep routine appointments with your general dentist and oral surgeon. Implanted teeth don’t require anything more.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Now that you know what to expect, you may be convinced that implants are ideal — but are they an option for everyone? What if you have diabetes or another serious medical condition? Can you get implanted teeth if you’re a smoker or an older adult?
You’ll be pleased to know that nearly anyone can get tooth implants. As long as you’re in good enough health to undergo a routine dental procedure such as an extraction or root canal, you’re likely to be a good candidate for this method of tooth replacement.
That said, certain factors — such as smoking or suffering from certain chronic health conditions — can prolong healing and increase the chance of infection after implant surgery. If the risks outweigh the benefits, your oral surgeon may advise against the procedure. But you never know until you explore the possibilities.
If you live in the greater Salt Lake City area and are interested in getting dental implants, talk to the professional team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah.
Our board-certified oral surgeons, Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield, are tooth replacement specialists with more than 10 years of experience successfully placing implanted teeth. For a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime, contact Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah today. Schedule a consultation to learn more about dental implants at one of our convenient offices in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele.