If you’ve been going through life with a missing tooth (or multiple teeth), you already know how it can not only make you feel self-conscious, but also how a missing tooth can affect your daily life and simple things like eating, talking or smiling.
Luckily, today’s technology is able to offer patients a way to replace missing teeth with implants that look, feel, and function just as naturally as their original teeth.
Is a dental implant the right tooth replacement option for you?
What Implant Patients Need to Know
One of the most important facts a person can have about dental implants is how they are different than traditional replacement methods such as partials or bridges. An implant is the foundation for an artificial tooth that looks and feels just like a natural tooth, that is surgically placed in your jaw.
Dental implants are:
Made of titanium
Surgically “rooted” to your jaw bone for permanent replacement, where they integrate with bone tissue
A long-term solution for tooth replacement
Implants Have Unique Advantages
Dental implants are quickly becoming the most popular form of tooth replacement and it’s easy to see why. Implants have unique advantages over other traditional replacement options such as:
Stability – Implants give you the same stability and security as your natural teeth without any slipping or shifting that might happen with other replacement options.
Resistant – The material implants are made from is extremely durable and can be properly cleaned just as you would your natural teeth, without having to take them out for cleaning or soaking like dentures.
Strong – Implants are completely free-standing, meaning they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support which helps keep surrounding teeth strong.
Preventative – Implants prevent the shifting of nearby teeth preserving the jawbone and the contours of your face.
Undetectable – Implants are the ideal cosmetic solution to missing teeth, especially if the missing tooth is in a place in your mouth that shows when you smile.
Implants Have a High Success Rate
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, making them the treatment option for tooth replacement with the highest success rate (over 95%), lasting for 40-50+ years.
Bridge’s Lifespan. The average lifespan of a dental bridge is just 10 years, primarily as a result of weakened tooth structure supporting the bridges. The teeth under the bridge are more susceptible to decay and fracture.
Partial’s Lifespan. Removable partial dentures typically last between 3 to 5 years and during that time they often need to be realigned as the bone continues to resorb and deteriorate.
Dental implants have the best long-term success with far fewer complications.
You Owe it to Yourself to Find an Experienced Implant Provider
Many dentists offer dental implants, but not every dentist in a practice or office might be credentialed. Always ask a dentist if they are an “AAID Credentialed Implant Dentist”. Asking this question will give you peace of mind in knowing that your implant dentist has proven levels of implant education, experience, and the required skills to complete the procedure.
Dr. Zymantas is AAID credentialed – a Fellow and Diplomate with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and has earned the credential through education, training, examination and the demonstration of competency in implant dentistry.
Implant Success is Reliant on Your Home Care
In most cases, complete healing takes place over a period of two to four months after a dental implant is placed. During this time, it’s important for you to take a few extra precautions to make sure your mouth heals properly for long-term results.
Get Plenty of Rest – When your body is sleeping and resting, it is able to renew itself which is especially important during the healing process.
Follow Dr. Zymantas’ Instructions – Premier Dental will give you aftercare instructions that you should follow. Obey the rules about eating, keeping the area clean, and scheduling follow-up exams. Exams are the best way for us to ensure there are no infections or complications after the procedure.
Keep Your Mouth Clean – Continuing to brush and floss, but doing so with care is vital in your healing journey. We may recommend specific products like medicated mouthwash or a water flosser to help you in keeping your mouth properly cleaned.
Watching Out For Problems – If something seems not quite right, or like there could be an issue forming, check in with our office so we can help you achieve proper healing.
Finding Naperville Dental Implants
Dr. Zymantas of Premier Dental is a restorative and implant expert, and has seen so many happy patients gain renewed smiles. If you’re looking for implants in the Southwest Chicago suburbs, we’d love to meet you!