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Are Dental Implants Right For You?

Jul 4, 2008
When was the last time:

You went out to a restaurant and ordered the food you truly wanted?
Ate corn on the cob?
Sank your teeth into a mouth watering 16 oz. steak?
Enjoyed a juicy crisp apple?

If it's been a while since you've done any of these things because of tooth loss or ill-fitting dentures, maybe its time you considered dental implants. A common dental procedure, implants are used to replace missing teeth, to support non-removable permanent bridges, or to provide support for full or partial dentures with clasps or retention bars. Dental implants also prevent additional tooth loss and jawbone decay.

Dental implants feel more natural than bridges or dentures. The implants are inserted into the jaw using a variety of different procedures. After implanted, they work like normal teeth and require no special care other than normal brushing and flossing. Dentists use life-like porcelain tooth restoration procedures to match the implants to the original tooth color so implants look as good as the real thing.

Dental implants can:

A. Improve overall quality of life. Dental implants allow you to eat healthier foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Chewing is improved which aids in better digestion and overall stomach function.

B. Improve confidence in social situations. When you go out in public you will never again have to worry about dentures slipping or fear ordering your favorite foods. Dental implants will also improve the look of your teeth, giving you that bright white smile that you haven't had in years.

C. Save you money. Once implanted, dental implants can be cared for as easily as natural teeth. No more messy and costly denture cleaning solutions, replacements and refitting. Simply brush, floss and go!

D. Allow you to relax and stop worrying. Dental implants act as natural teeth so laugh and enjoy life again and don't worry about unsightly denture slips.

Dental implants can actually restore your teeth to 90% of their original strength. They are used to replace old fashioned dentures and bridgework and help restore loss facial bone due to tooth loss and jawbone decay. A common dental procedure, implants are used to replace missing teeth, to support non-removable permanent bridges, or to provide support for full or partial dentures with clasps or retention bars.

Dental implants feel more natural than bridges or dentures. The implants are inserted into the jaw using a variety of different procedures. After implanted, they work like normal teeth and require no special care other than normal brushing and flossing. Dentists use life-like porcelain tooth restoration procedures to match the implants to the original tooth color so implants look as good as the real thing.

Q. What Types of Dental Implants are Available?

A. There are a variety of types of dental implant procedures available today. Traditional implant procedures involves a primary surgery in which the placement of a temporary crown or prosthesis. After 4 months, the permanent crown or prosthesis is permanently cemented into place. Another type of implant procedure which is becoming increasingly popular is immediate load implants. If bone decay is minimal, often patients can walk into the dentist office and have the dental implants done immediately, all in one appointment!

Q: How Painful are Dental Implants?

A: Most patients report that they have very little pain after the procedure. The pain of implant procedures are far less than the pain that comes from years of dental care neglect.

Q: What is the Cost of Implant Treatment?

A: The cost of dental implant treatment varies of the type of procedure needed. Many insurance companies cover the cost of dental implants and most dentists offer payment plans for those not covered by insurance.

With today's modern dental procedures, no one has to settle for bulky dentures or uncomfortable bridgework anymore. Dental implants can quickly and easily restore your teeth to the way that they once were: white, bright and strong. They are many different types of dental implant procedures, visit your dentist today to find out which one is right for you.
About the Author
Ray Subs works with Dr. Ronald Receveur as a consultant to his dental practice in New Albany, Indiana. More information regarding Dr. Ronald Receveur and his practice can be found at Indiana Smiles.com
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