Apr 13, 2016

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What are dental implants?

What are dental implants?

Over the last 25 or 30 years the face of dentistry has been changed dramatically thanks to the introduction of dental implants. Although there have been significant advancements in overall dental care there are still millions of Americans that still suffer from the loss of one or more teeth, usually as a result of severe dental decay, a gum disorder or trauma. Prior to the availability of dental implants in Wilmington NC people that did lose one or more teeth were left with either a bridge or denture.

The advantages of dental implants:

Dental implants act as a replacement root, upon which a fixed crown that matches your natural teeth can be mounted. Dental implants can also be used as an anchor for a removable denture. There are numerous advantages to dental implants which include:

* Appearance: Dental implants in Wilmington NC look and feel like natural teeth, as the implant is fused with the jaw bone they are a permanent solution.

* Comfort: Tooth implants are a part of you, there is no discomfort associated with dentures, there is no slippage which can cause speech problems and as they don’t slip, eating and chewing is no longer difficult. You can speak and eat without embarrassment or pain.

* Self esteem: You can smile again; dental implants simply make you feel good about yourself and your appearance.

* Better oral health: Because implants do not require support by adjacent teeth, there is no need to reduce these teeth in size for a bridge. This alone has a significant long term positive impact on adjacent teeth as they remain intact. Individual implants, like individual teeth, make cleaning between them easier which leads to improved oral hygiene.

Although the rate of success does vary depending on the location of the implant, overall success rates of over 98 percent are reported by implant dentists. With proper care, dental implants in Wilmington NC can last a lifetime.

Who can get dental implants?

In general, any patient that can withstand a typical tooth extraction or routine oral surgery is an ideal candidate for dental implants. For a successful implantation the patient must have healthy gums and sufficient jaw bone to hold the implant. The patient must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene. Dental implants should be cared for in the same manner as real teeth, regular brushing and flossing and regular checkups with the dentist.

If you have lost one or more teeth you may wish to consider dental implants in Wilmington NC. You are invited to discuss this decision with Dr. Le at Coastal Smiles Family Dentistry.

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