5 Facts About Dental Implants

Dental implants are the longest lasting and more natural looking and feeling tooth restoration option available. Implants are a viable and beneficial option in most scenarios. Implants last for years, closely imitate natural teeth and are affordable. If you’ve lost or damaged teeth, dental implants could be your solution. 

1. Implants Don’t Get Cavities.

Unlike natural teeth, implants do not decay! You should still practice good oral hygiene, brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day. You should also continue to see your dentist regularly for checkups. These practices will protect the surrounding gums and teeth and keep them healthy. With some good oral hygiene, your implants can keep looking and feeling natural without any cavities for years to come. No need to worry about fillings! 

2. Implantation Surgery is Simple.

Dental implantation is a simple procedure that is fairly painless. First off, a titanium post is implanted into the jawbone, then an abutment is attached to the post. Next, the crown is attached. The crown is a prosthetic tooth, made to look and feel like a natural tooth. Though implants actually fuse to your jawbone, it is not an overly complicated surgery. If you are curious what this surgery could look like for you, come see us and our expert surgeons at Oral and Facial Surgery of Utah. 

3. Implants Last For Years.

Because dental implants fuse with your jawbone, they are a long term solution. There is a titanium post that forms with the base of the implants and fuses to your jawbone. With dental implants, you aren’t just replacing a crown, you’re replacing a whole tooth, installing a full replacement in a sense. Dental implants are the only tooth restoration option that stimulates bone growth. 

4. You Can Get Implants at any Age.

Dental implants know no age restrictions. This tooth restoration process can be done any time a tooth is extracted, knocked out, damaged, or lost for any reason. An oral surgeon will have to determine if your jaw is healthy and strong enough to sustain implantation. Children, adults, and the elderly can benefit from dental implants. Tooth restoration can benefit all ages. 

5. Many People Have Dental Implants.

Did you know that over 3 million people in the US have dental implants? According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, currently 3 million people have implants and about 500,000 more are projected to get them annually. It may be hard to tell how many people have implants because they look so natural, there is no way to tell. But dental implants are extremely common. 

If you’re interested in dental implants or want to see if they are a good option for you, come see us at Oral and Facial Surgery of Utah! Our staff can help you determine the best course of action for you.