Dental implants are a crucial advancement in modern dentistry. As we mention in previous blogs, dental implants can help restore lost or damaged teeth by implanting a prosthetic tooth made out of tough, enduring materials. Not only are dental implants technologically advanced, but they look, feel, and function like real teeth. But if you’ve been tuned into the blog, this is probably all old information for you. Today, Dr. Fred A. Puccio is blogging from Wyckoff, NJ to talk to you about some of the unknown facts about dental implants.
1. Dental Implants have the most successful results out of all tooth restoration processes.
Other tooth restoration processes like bridges, crowns, and dentures are all temporary. Crowns and bridges only last from 5 to 10 years. Dentures need to be replaced or fixed after about 7 years. Not to mention, bridges, crowns, and dentures typically aren’t as effective when it comes to eating, drinking, and speaking. However, dental implants can last a lifetime, they have a 98% success rate, and they function and look like natural teeth.
2. Dental implants don’t get cavities
It’s a common misconception amongst some patients that dental implants can get cavities. Since implants are made out of artificial material, they can’t decay like your natural teeth. However, it’s still imperative that you clean the gums and teeth around the implant, to avoid gum disease (which can be detrimental to keeping the titanium root of your implant attached).
3. Dental implants use the same materials as NASA.
Have you ever wondered what material space shuttles, rockets, and missiles are made out of? If you guessed titanium and titanium alloy, then you’re correct. The root of your dental implant will also be made out of titanium, which is stronger than steel and will make your implant last forever.
4. Dental implants make your jawbone more powerful.
Bridges and dentures actually weaken your jawbone, because they don’t attach directly to the bone. Dental implants make your jawbone stronger, because the titanium is able to fuse to the jaw and will stimulate bone growth.
5. You can get dental implants no matter your age.
As long as your mouth is healthy, and your permanent teeth are developed, then you can get dental implants. So, whether your 86 or 16, it’s possible to have have a brand new beautiful smile.
If you don’t have the proper jaw and gum structure needed to work as a dental implant foundation, then Dr. Puccio offers bone grafting and soft tissue augmentation to get your gums into implant ready shape.
Remember just because your jaw will be stronger and your new teeth are held in by titanium, doesn’t mean that you can chew through glass. You’ll want to take care of your new dental implants like they’re your regular teeth by only chewing on edible objects.
If you’re curious if dental implants would be right for you, contact us at 201-425-9339 and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Fred A. Puccio today.
Until then, stay tuned into our blog for more interesting tidbits about dental implants, and unique stories about dental hygiene and teeth.