In the United States alone, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry reports that 3 million people have dental implants and that number is growing by 500,000 a year. Dental implants represent one of the greatest advances in the dental industry in decades. They are stronger than natural teeth and when properly taken care of, can last for decades. Learn how dental implants can help you or a loved one achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.
What are Dental Implants Used For?
Dental implants–a metal post inserted into the jaw to replace the root of a missing tooth–are commonly recommended for patients that are missing one or more teeth due to periodontal disease or injuries. Dental implants can restore beauty to your smile by replacing the gap the missing tooth left while also providing needed functionality for your bite and the surrounding teeth.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants may impact your wallet a little more than other treatment options for tooth replacement, but are often preferred because of the superior benefits that they offer over bridges or dentures. Dental implants are stronger than natural teeth and generally last 10-20 years. They are preferred over bridges because they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support which can weaken these teeth over time. Other benefits to consider are:
- Restore and preserve facial structure
- Stop the progression of bone loss and gum recession
- Create a secure base for bridgework
- Secure dentures without the hassle of glues
- Help remaining teeth stay in place
- Normalize chewing and speaking abilities
- Provide a permanent solution
What Can I Expect with Dental Implant Treatment?
While dental implants take a few appointments to complete, they provide phenomenal, long-lasting results and are worth the effort it takes to get them. During your dental implant evaluation and consultation we will be able to assess how long your treatment process should take. With the advances made in computer imaging, your dental implant and prosthetic tooth will fit naturally with the rest of your teeth providing you superior comfort and functionality. Once your anesthesia is administered, your dental implant procedure should be painless and will result with a temporary or final prosthetic. Once your dental implant is placed, and the bone surrounding the implant has had time to heal, a natural-looking crown is attached to the implant post which serves as a replacement tooth. The gentle tissue management and technique Dr. Niles incorporates during your dental implant surgery results in minimal discomfort and high healing success rates–between 95 – 97 percent. Typically, a mild non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory–such as aspirin or ibuprofen–will be effective in relieving any discomfort and swelling in the first two or three days following your surgery.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
During your evaluation and consultation Dr. Niles will discuss with you your candidacy for dental implants. Unfortunately, not everyone is an ideal candidate. Long-term success with dental implants relies on healthy gums, adequate bone support/density, and your commitment to excellent oral hygiene habits. Your bone density plays a vital role in the success of an implant. You have to have sufficient bone in your jaw to secure the dental implant. The forces that impact your jaw on a daily basis from chewing can cause your implant to fail if you do not have the bone matter that you need.
Gum disease is one of the other reasons that a patient has to postpone dental implant treatment. If you have gum disease, it will need to be treated before you can receive a dental implant. Other issues that could impact your candidacy include: autoimmune disorders that affect your ability to heal, uncontrolled diabetes, daily medications that can interfere with the procedure, and smokers who are not able (or willing) to stop smoking during the dental implant process.
Call for a Dental Implants Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about the amazing benefits of dental implants and our services call Niles Family Dentistry today to make an appointment. Call today for a consultation at (720) 744-0001. Niles Family Dentistry serves the families of the Niwot, Longmont & Boulder communities. We look forward to meeting you and your family.