If you're missing teeth, or are frustrated with a continuous cycle of expensive dental problems, you're not alone. Millions of people in the United States have lost one or more teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, or trauma. Millions more feel discouraged with an uphill physical, emotional, and financial battle against their failing dental health. While there are a number of ways to reinforce failing teeth and replace missing teeth, dental implants often provide the best long-term results and the best quality of life.
Most people probably don’t think that orthodontics (braces) and implants go together, but they can in the right circumstances. Both braces and implants may help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, improve a person’s appearance, and prevent dental injuries. They help build a person’s confidence and improve their smile.
When getting an implant, the key to success is prevention. Therefore, it’s important to know about the possible issues that can make it harder for your implant to last. Knowing how to care for the implant will help ensure its longevity, avoiding disappointment and frustration. While there are many reasons that an implant might fail such as medications, the placement of the implant, and smoking, here are the top three:
Even after decades of successful use, I’m still surprised by how much misinformation or a lack of actual information circulates about dental implants. The best thing you can do as a consumer is to educate yourself and learn the facts. The most crucial point is that dental implants are the most permanent and reliable solution for replacing lost teeth.
First, it’s important to understand that no tooth replacement technique is as strong as natural teeth, so you want to keep your natural teeth as healthy as possible for as long as possible. However, in the course of a lifetime, most people will lose at least one tooth. Among the alternatives for dental restoration, dental implants are considerably stronger than bridges and dentures.
Let’s start with a fun fact: dental implants and spaceships have something in common. They’re both made from titanium. That’s right, the implant in your mouth will be as strong as the rockets that head to Mars and beyond. So, don’t be surprised if an implant company approaches Elon Musk to become their brand ambassador.
I often get asked - can I get dental implants if I have osteoporosis? The good news is that, generally, the answer is yes, you can get dental implants despite having osteoporosis. The bad news is, it needs special finessing, expertise, and healing time to be successful. Let's delve more deeply into the topic.
A smile seems like a simple element in life — something automatic that produces good feelings. In fact, smiling is universally recognized as a sign of happiness and is our first facial expression at birth. Unfortunately, effortless smiles are often a challenge for people missing teeth. Embarrassed by their appearance, many people with missing teeth work hard not to expose their smiles by covering their mouths with their hands or forcibly keeping their lips locked. But smiling is more important to a happy life than you may realize. Smiles have surprising benefits for your health, your social connections, and even your professional life.
You might’ve heard or seen some TV commercials promising viewers new teeth in one day.
Is it too good to be true?
The good news is that it's not a myth. But the reality is that there is a lot of planning, as well as several visits, that go into preparing for that special “day.”
“Patients researching their options to restore their smile with dental implants need to understand some important concepts so that they can make well-educated decisions regarding comfort, function, and esthetics based on their treatment objectives,” says Dr. Adam Kimowitz of Denville, New Jersey.