Before development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth. People who have missing teeth, bridgework, or dentures may be good candidates for implants. The reason that implants have become so popular is because they are “permanent teeth” that are inserted into the jawbone and function like natural teeth. Implants offer a more natural appearance and greater comfort than bridges or dentures. Like natural teeth, implants are meant to last a lifetime. Implants require the same care as natural teeth including brushing, flossing, and regular checkups!
Placing an implant is a surgical procedure that typically takes 1-2 hours. There is minimal discomfort. What most patients don’t realize is that getting an implant is not typically an overnight process. Placing an implant occurs in stages. In all it takes approximately 6-8 months for an implant to be completed. Keep in mind the list of advantages a patient gets with dental implants far outweighs the time spent to properly place one!
The list goes on and on but some of the greatest advantages of getting an implant include: improved speech, appearance, and comfort as well as improved oral health and digestion.
It’s never too soon and never too late to achieve good oral health and a beautiful smile!
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