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How Dental Implants Can Help Your Smile

If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants provide a long-lasting solution. You probably have many questions about dental implants.

Can a regular dentist do dental implant surgery? Simple cases are taught in general dentistry schools. A simple case would be if you were missing just one tooth, had a healthy jaw, and are in good health. More complicated cases would have to be performed by an oral surgeon.

What are the advantages of dental implants? They look and feel like normal teeth. They last for decades, although the crown may need replacing every decade or so. They also do not get cavities, like real teeth. Unlike bridges, dental implants do not hook onto your other teeth. Many times, your teeth need to be modified or whittled down so that a bridge can fit in your mouth.

What are the advantages of implant surgery rather than wearing dentures? People find it easier to talk and eat with implants. Many people find implants more comfortable than dentures.

About how much do dental implants cost? The price varies widely depending on how many teeth need to be done, and if any reconstructive surgery needs to be done on your jaw to make it strong enough for implants. Implants cost thousands of dollars per tooth.

The first dental implant is believed to have been placed over 1,350 years ago, when a Mayan woman had pieces of shell hammered into her gums as tooth replacements. Today, the process is much more refined, but the logic behind this and other cosmetic dentistry procedures is likely the same: studies show that over 99% of American adults believe your smile is an important social asset, while 57% believe a good smile helps attract people of the opposite sex. Accordingly, two thirds of Americans believe that bad teeth could affect your professional success. For this reason, dental implant surgery, like other cosmetic dentistry procedures, is used primarily to improve the appearance of a person’s smile. Could cosmetic dental implants be the right option to replace your missing teeth?

While tooth whitening is considered one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, dental implants are becoming the fastest growing cosmetic dental surgery performed by cosmetic dental clinics: the number of dental implants in the United States is estimated to increase at least 13% each year.

In the surgery, a dental implant is inserted directly into the jawbone. This dental implant is comprised of three main parts: a titanium rod that is installed into the jaw socket, a covering piece for the rod, and a crown-like tooth replacement. Because this tooth replacement is designed to replace tooth enamel, the hardest surface in the human body, dentists typically use dental porcelain teeth, which are designed to mimic the look, texture, and durability of true enamel. The healing process for dental implants can take anywhere from 8 to 16 weeks. However, once the teeth are installed, they are permanent, can last a lifetime, and only require basic dental care.

If you are missing teeth, you have likely felt that the quality of your smile is affecting your day to day life, making you feel self-conscious and reluctant to smile in public. Fortunately, dental implants can change that. While the effect is intended to be primarily cosmetic, dental implants can also help recreate the feeling and function of a natural healthy smile. Talk to a cosmetic dental surgeon about this cosmetic dental procedure today.
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