A Closer Look at Dental Implants

Dental implant surgery is used to replace missing teeth. The procedure consists of replacing the tooth roots in your mouth with titanium posts, which act like your natural tooth roots, after which artificial teeth are screwed onto the titanium posts.

Dental implants are considered a better alternative to dentures because they look just like your natural teeth and are more durable than dentures.

What are the advantages of implants?

Dental implants have many advantages, which include:

Comfort: Dental implants are more comfortable than dentures or dental bridges because they are permanently fixed in your mouth and essentially become a part of you. You also do not have to worry about removing them or reducing other teeth to fit them in your mouth.

Improve your appearance: Smiling in public with missing teeth in your mouth can be uncomfortable. Having dental implants improves your appearance because they look just like your natural teeth and they are also tinted to match your teeth, making them almost impossible to differentiate.

Make eating easier: Chewing with dentures can be uncomfortable because they slide around in your mouth. Dental implants make chewing easier, allowing you to enjoy your food because they are permanently fixed in your mouth and you do not have to worry about them sliding while you are trying to eat.

Improve your speech: Talking with dentures in your mouth can be difficult at times when the dentures slide out of place. With dental implants, you will be able to speak confidently because you do not have to worry about them getting displaced and making your slur your speech.

Easy to maintain: Dentures require having to take them out every day and cleaning them with denture solutions while using an adhesive to hold them in place when you put them back into your mouth. With implants, you do not have to worry about taking them out of your mouth to clean because you clean them like you do your natural teeth, with a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Very durable: One of the best things about dental implants is the fact that they are very durable and can last a lifetime if they are properly taken care of. Dentures and bridges last 10 to 15 years before they have to be replaced and end up costing you more money in the long run.

How painful is the procedure?

Dental implant surgery is not as painful as most people think. If your gum flaps do not have to be lifted, the pain is minimal. If the flap has to be lifted, the pain increases but is very manageable. The only way you can experience moderate pain during the surgery is if you need bone grafting.

Your dentist will recommend bone grafting if your jawbone is too soft or if it is not thick enough. If you need a bone graft, the procedure will be done before you can undergo your dental implant surgery.

The bottom line

Dental implant surgery is great for replacing missing teeth. If you have missing teeth and are interested in getting dental implants, talk to your dentist to find out more about the procedure.

Request an appointment here: https://www.sunsetcenterfordentalexcellence.com or call Sunset Center for Dental Excellence at (310) 747-6534 for an appointment in our West Hollywood office.

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