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Is It Time to Reconsider Dental Implants?

If you’re missing one or multiple teeth, chances are you've considered replacing them. Replacing lost teeth not only looks and feels better, but it is also better for your teeth and jaw. That’s because when you leave open spaces in your mouth, you can experience bone loss and the shifting of the rest of your teeth. Shifting teeth isn’t just an aesthetic problem, it can also cause uneven wear, excess tooth decay, and even headaches and jaw pain.

 

There are several options to replace lost teeth, including dentures, partial dentures (partials), bridges and dental implants. Long considered the gold standard in tooth replacement, dental implants have still had their share of problems in the past. But thanks to modern technology, dental implants have higher success rates than ever before. The most common hesitation we hear from people considering dental implants is the fear of implant failure. Implant failure can happen for many reasons, such as infection or allergy, but many people don't know that implants can also fail because of improper placement.

In the past, improper implant placement often happened with two-dimensional, or 2D, X-rays, because these images could not get a complete picture of the dental arch. As a result, some implants weren’t implanted straight, and the implants never successfully implanted into the jaw bone. Thankfully, digital dentistry technology has made great strides toward changing that. We now have the ability to take 360-degree X-rays, so we can see exactly where the implant needs to go, increasing the odds for a successful implantation.

So, why choose implants? Implants are the only permanent replacement for lost teeth. This means that you don’t need to remove them each night to clean them, and you don’t need to attach them to other healthy teeth that don’t need treatment. Implants look and feel like natural teeth, too. As for those claims that dental implants are painful, and that implant surgery is long and arduous, that’s no longer the case. Today, implant surgery doesn’t take long, depending on how many implants you need, and the procedure is fairly non-invasive. All it requires is a local anesthetic.

Recovering from dental implant surgery is easier than you might have heard, too. The pain is easily manageable with prescription pain medication, and some people may only require over-the-counter medication. Best of all, the healing time is usually less than a week!

If you have recently lost a tooth, speak to Dr. Simpson today about your options for replacing it. Remember, the sooner you replace it, the better the health of your other teeth and jaw. If you have had missing teeth for a while, it’s never too late to begin treatment. You may require some orthodontic intervention to correct shifting teeth, or bone grafting to help support an implant, but these problems can be easily corrected.

To set up a dental implant consultation with Dr. Simpson, give her office a call at 910-550-3959.

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Michele Simpson DDS

Wilmington Dental Office

3317 Masonboro Loop Rd • Suite 140 • Wilmington, NC 28409

(910) 550-3959