Thursday, January 9, 2014
Dental Implants – Should I Be Asking About Them?
Millions of Americans have suffered from tooth loss as the result of trauma or an accident, and many times due to tooth decay or gum disease. When this occurs, sometimes the best option is a dental implant.
“Dental Implants allow your dentist to replace a missing tooth or teeth effectively,” says Dr. Judith Ko from her Hemet Valley,California dental practice. “And they have a great track record!”
Dental implants are fixtures placed into the jawbone and provide support for replacement of a tooth or teeth. While the success rate varies depending upon where in the mouth the implant is placed, in general you can expect a 98% success rate for your dental implant and they can last a lifetime.
And here are some other good reasons to ask your dentist if a Dental Implant is right for you:
1. They can improve your speech – if you are currently wearing poor fitting dentures you understand how important it is to feel comfortable. Having dentures fixed to implants can create the stability you are looking for.
2. They can improve your diet – too often we see people refrain from eating their favorite foods, but with Dental Implants that no longer needs to be the case.
3. They can improve your appearance – Partial dentures have metal clasps that can appear unsightly, and missing teeth can be an embarrassment.
4. They can improve your self-confidence – knowing that your smile is bright and won’t slip, as in the case of dentures sometimes, makes all the difference in the world.
With the advancements in Dental Implants, now in most cases anyone who is healthy enough to have routine surgical dental care is also a candidate for a dental implant. “But you have to be committed to regular dental visits and good oral home care,” adds Dr. Ko.
If you think you might be a candidate for implants, call today and set up an appointment with your dentist and begin the conversation.