If you’ve lost one or more teeth, it can feel like a major loss. You want your smile to be whole again, and healthy. Dental implants are the tooth replacement option that is most like your natural teeth. It’s almost like getting your natural teeth back. You’ll be able to smile with confidence, eat all your favorite foods, and you won’t have to do special cleanings to maintain them.
Do you want to learn more about dental implants in Pueblo? If you’re looking for a welcoming, comfortable local dental practice that can provide you with dental implants, then you’re looking for Advantage Dental Group, serving Pueblo for 20 years. Please call (719) 545-1400 today for an appointment with an implant dentist at Advantage Dental Group.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are by far the best tooth replacement option available. That’s because they:
- Look like natural teeth
- Can bite and chew all your favorite foods
- Support themselves
- Require no special care
- Can last a lifetime
Dental implants are designed like your natural teeth–they have a root that attaches to your bone and an attractive crown that looks beautiful and is durable enough to do the chewing. Other tooth replacement options rely on your teeth for support, which can weaken or damage them. But because dental implants support themselves in your bone, they help the rest of your teeth stay strong.
And you just care for dental implants the way you would care for natural teeth. If you lost natural teeth to oral health issues related to hygiene, we might recommend some changes to make sure your implants stay healthy. This might include more regular brushing and flossing, mouthwash, or just visiting the dentist more often.
If you take proper care of them, dental implants can last you a lifetime, too, much longer than dentures or dental bridges.
Can dental implants really last a lifetime?
Yes. Studies show that more than 90% of implants last at least 20 years. The first dental implant recipient had them for more than 40 years before he passed away from unrelated natural causes. The second recipient has had them for more than 50 years.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Most people who have lost a tooth are good candidates for dental implants. To be a dental implant candidate, you just have to meet three conditions. You must:
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Be an adult
- Be healthy enough for surgery
Of course, dental implants aren’t a good choice if you’re not actually missing any teeth. Children aren’t good candidates for them because their jaws are still growing and changing.
But once that process is finished, typically in their late teens or early 20s, they can get dental implants.
Dental implant surgery is not especially hard, but it is surgery, and we have to make sure you’re healthy enough for the procedure. Talk to your doctor first.
We will also consider some factors that might reduce your odds of having successful, long-lasting dental implants. Your risks might be increased if you:
- Are a smoker
- Have gum disease
- Are taking certain medications like bisphosphonates or antidepressants
We’ll talk about these risks individually. They don’t necessarily mean that you can’t get implants, but they do require special care. If you’re a smoker, it’s best if you quit before your dental implant procedure. If you can’t quit permanently, at least quit temporarily for the procedure and the healing process.
Gum disease might need to be treated before you get dental implants, and then you shouldn’t have any concerns. But we will want to monitor the health of your teeth and gums.
Some medications have been linked to lower implant success rates. Tell us about all the medications you’re taking, including herbal supplements so we can identify all those that might be a concern.
Can I get implants in one day?
Yes. In many cases, you can get your replacement tooth the same day you get your dental implant, which might be the same day as your extraction.
Are You Ready for Dental Implants?
Whether you’re facing the loss of your first tooth, or you’re on your last nerve because of annoying partial dentures, we can help you get beautiful, functional, long-lasting dental implants in Pueblo.
Please call (719) 545-1400 today for an appointment with an implant dentist at Advantage Dental Group today. Our caring and compassionate staff will help you have a pleasant experience and get the whole, healthy beautiful smile you desire.