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Despite our teeth being an everyday part of our lives, it’s easy for patients to lack the information they need to make responsible decisions about their dental health. Understanding the nature of teeth replacements, such as dental implants, can be extremely valuable to patients who experience damage to their teeth and are forced to consider their options.
Patients have multiple options for tooth replacement, from dental implants to fixed bridges to removable dentures. While they all have pros and cons, it can be tricky deciphering between them, especially when dental implants are vastly considered the gold standard and are so often recommended.
So, are dental implants worth it?
Do Dental Implants Feel Real?
Much like natural teeth, dental implants offer patients normal eating habits, ease of care, and natural speech patterns. Dental implants are permanently fixed to your jawbone; therefore, they blend in and become a natural-feeling extension of your dental form, just like any other tooth.
Patients are expected to take care of their dental implants with as much diligence as they would their natural teeth. Although dental implants are often considered to be “fake teeth,” they still require adequate at-home oral care (brushing and flossing). Fortunately, the comprehensive at-home oral maintenance care you already use should be sufficient to protect your dental implants.
Do Dental Implants Look Good?
Dental implants can be beautiful additions to the mouth. These teeth are specifically designed to fit precisely with your dentition, in both shape and color; therefore, they will blend seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. And in the world of dentistry, most can agree that the best-looking dental work is the kind that no one notices.
Unlike dentures that are removed and cleaned each night, implants are always in your mouth.
Do Dental Implants Last Forever?
Dental implants have a very high success rate when performed appropriately by a specialist. A periodontist performing dental implant surgery has three years of additional training beyond dental school, focusing on the science and technique of implant surgery under the guidance of experts in the field. Unfortunately, today many dentists take weakened courses and claim to be a specialist in the field. Only periodontists and oral surgeons have formal university training and are specialists in the field. Appropriately performed treatment, follow up-care, and maintenance will provide the best long-term results.