Dental implants are the best way to replace lost teeth currently available. They are surgically placed in and naturally fused with the jawbone while being made of high-quality materials, allowing them to look and function just like real teeth. Dental implant treatments are becoming more common, and you’ve probably seen many people with them without even realizing it. Here are a few little-known facts about dental implants to help you see just how effective and lifelike they are.
Dental Implants Are Immune to Cavities
Cavities are infections that result from oral bacteria eating their way through the enamel layer of a tooth, and if allowed to progress they will result in severe toothache and tooth loss. Dental implants, on the other hand, are made of titanium and porcelain, meaning that they are completely inedible to these bacteria. Dental implants will never develop cavities or other oral infections.
However, dental implants still require the patient to practice excellent oral hygiene to remain strong and healthy. While they can’t develop cavities, dental implants can still host plaque that shelters bacteria that can cause gum disease. Dental implants require healthy gums and jawbones to maintain their sturdy hold in the mouth, and if the gums become ill, implants become more likely to fail.
Dental Implants Have a Whopping 95% Success Rate
Many people are nervous about the idea of getting surgery because it seems risky. Thankfully, dental implants boast a 95% success rate, meaning that you can expect your implants to successfully fuse to the jaw and hold their place in the mouth as long as you practice excellent oral hygiene and follow your oral surgeon’s aftercare instructions.
You Have to Go Easy on Your Dental Implants After You First Get Them
While dental implants can easily chew many items that traditional restorations like dentures and dental bridges cannot handle, they must be allowed to heal completely before they can get to that point. After getting implants, patients must adjust their diets so they can have six months to a year to heal properly.
The patient should take care to avoid hard, crunchy foods after getting implants, as the force chewing them takes can interrupt the bonding process between them and the jaw. It’s also crucial to abstain from using them to chew ice, bite nails, or open packages or bottles, which you should never use your teeth for anyway.
While dental implants can restore a patient’s smile, confidence, and chewing ability, they require proper care to remain healthy and in working order. With excellent hygiene and maintenance, you can expect your implants to last for decades or even a lifetime.
About the Author
Dr. Eduart Shkurti earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Southern California School of Dental Medicine before completing a year-long residency at Montefiore Medical Center. He is proud to be a member of the American Dental Association, the New York Dental Society, and the Astoria County Dental Society. His office in Astoria, NY offers preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry as well as dental implant services. For more information on what dental implants can do for you, contact the office online or dial (718) 806-1662.