April 26, 2020
According to the American College of Prosthodontists, up to 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. 22% of those Americans are missing all of their natural teeth. Missing teeth is a much more common problem than you may think. While there are many causes of missing teeth, including dental decay, gum disease, and trauma, there are also solutions. Dental implants can improve the quality of life of those who are missing teeth by not only restoring oral health, but by providing a smile that conveys confidence.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants can improve patients’ quality of life and oral health in a variety of ways. Here are just a few:
- Prevents Bone Deterioration: Replacing the natural root of the tooth prevents the jawbone from shrinking.
- Restores Bite: Dental implants can restore your bite to nearly 100%. This means there will be no issue eating any food of your choice!
- Durability: Dental implants last for decades and even a lifetime when they are cared for properly.
- Supports Facial Structure: Like teeth, dental implants support the facial structure. They help increase blood flow to the face which prevents premature aging and loss of skin elasticity.
- Restores Confidence: Being proud of your smile will improve your overall self-esteem. The way you present yourself can make a huge difference in your quality of life.
What Types of Dental Implants Are There?
There are two main types of dental implants:
- Endosteal: These implants are made from titanium and are placed directly into the jawbone. This is the most common type of dental implant.
- Subperiosteal: This type of implant is placed underneath the gums and on the jawbone. There are many reasons one may consider this type including those who lack a healthy enough natural jawbone.
Which Type of Dental Implant Is Best?
Your dentist will recommend the best option for you based off your individual needs. While endosteal dental implants are the most common type and have the highest success rate, subperiosteal implants may be a better option for patients who do not have a healthy enough jawbone to support endosteal implants.
Fortunately, there are techniques to help restore your natural jawbone to provide a sturdy foundation for dental implants. Be sure to talk to your dentist about these options if applicable.
Whether you are missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth, dental implants have proven to be an effective and durable solution to improve your oral health, confidence, and overall quality of life.
About the Author
Dr. C.J. Landry specializes in dental implant placement and restoration. With over 30 years of dental practice experience, he currently practices at Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA. He guarantees old fashioned customer service and modern dental technology for his patients. He will be happy to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted. For more information, you can visit his website or call (504) 348-0080.
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