When To Get Implants

When To Get Implants

When To Get Implants

Dental implants are becoming more popular every year. There was over a 6-percent increase nationwide from 2019 to 2020.

Statistically, implants are almost 100-percent successful in replacing lost teeth. They’re sturdier, more lifelike and easier to care for than other options, such as removable bridges and dentures. Not everyone needs them, but here are the top signs that you do.

1. You’re Missing Teeth

Dental implants are teeth replacements, pure and simple. If you are missing any of your teeth, this option should be one of your first choices.

Implants can match the size, shape and color of surrounding teeth. They’re great for any of these situations:

  • Tooth loss from aging
  • Broken or knocked-out teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Root damage

2. You Have Dentures or Removable Bridges

Dentures or other removable tooth replacement options may seem like an easier choice at first. However, if you have any experience with these, you realize that they require at least as much maintenance as permanent teeth. In fact, in most cases, dentures are harder to maintain.

After a relatively brief recovery, most people with implants forget that their teeth are even prosthetic. You would clean a full fixture, abutment and crown just like you would a real tooth. Permanent bridges simply require floss threading or water jet flossing underneath.

Of course, the main benefit of implants over removable prosthetics is how real they feel. Dental implants are replacement teeth in a much truer sense — they allow for normal eating, speaking and smiling.

3. Your Dentist Says It’s a Good Idea

Here’s one of the most common questions oral surgeons get: Am I healthy enough for implants? Luckily, determining that is part of a dentist’s job.

Implants are permanent prosthetics, so they are usually only installed in adults’ mouths. Besides that, your dentist will consider various factors when preparing a recommendation:

  • Your overall health
  • The amount of bone remaining around the implant site
  • Your goals for tooth replacement
  • Your habits, such as tooth clenching

Good oral health has been linked to health improvements in many other bodily systems. Replacing a tooth permanently often reduces the chance of infections, slows or stops the process of bone loss and improves general oral well-being when compared to removable prosthetics.

In most cases, dental implants are a good long-term choice for people with missing teeth — sometimes even for those with underlying health issues. Let your dentist know everything about your health, and you should get a good recommendation.

4. You Feel Ready

There’s one more important signal that you should get implants: You feel ready. Dentists recommend this treatment at different times and for many different reasons. It should really come down to what you feel comfortable with.

If you’re not sure if this option is right for you, please give Dental Design Studios a call at 602-775-5656. We have a variety of dental implant types. We’ll work with you to understand your needs, then suggest something that fits in your budget. Consultations are free, and there’s no obligation — call today.