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What Have I Probably Not Heard About Dental Implants?

January 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — carrollbutler @ 12:53 am
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Dental implants are the pinnacle of modern tooth replacement because they work just like real teeth from root to crown and are lifelike enough to be indistinguishable from the real thing. They are increasingly popular, and though half a million people get dental implants every year, many common misconceptions about them persist. Here are a few little-known facts about dental implants to help you make an informed decision about treating tooth loss.

Dental Implants Cannot Get Cavities

Dental implants are made out of titanium and porcelain or ceramic, both of which are non-reactive, biocompatible materials that are indigestible to bacteria. While this makes dental implants completely immune to tooth decay, gum disease is the leading cause of dental implant failure. Patients with dental implants still need to practice excellent oral hygiene to eliminate plaque and food debris and keep their mouths and jaws healthy.

Dental Implants Have an Incredibly High Success Rate

People are often wary about surgery because of the associated risks. However, dental implants boast a whopping 95% success rate. To make things even better, dental implants can last for thirty-five years or more with proper care, meaning that many patients will enjoy their implants for the rest of their lives.

Dental Implant Patients Must Be Aware of their Diets

While dental implants can handle any food chewable to real teeth, they must heal fully to get to that point. It’s important to make smart eating decisions for the first six months to a year so avoid stressing your dental implants while they heal. Be conservative about enjoying crunchy or chewy foods during this period. Once this period is over, dental implants can restore 70% or more of a patient’s original biting power.

It’s especially important to avoid using your teeth for anything but chewing and smiling. Using them to open bottles or packages can damage your dental implants or disturb the healing process.

Dental implants are intended to be a long-term investment that carries significant benefits for a patient’s quality of life and self-confidence. Consulting with your dentist can determine if dental implants are right for you.

About the Author

Dr. Carroll R. Butler earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School at San Antonio before completing a one-year residency at Travis Air Force Base in California. He is proud to be a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and a current member of the American Dental Association. His office in Kerrville, TX offers general, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency dentistry as well as implant services. For more information on life with dental implants, contact his office online or dial (830) 257-4900.

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