Missing a tooth or even multiple teeth? Maybe it’s time to look at dental implants. There are many teeth replacement options out there these days.

However, implants offer plenty of benefits. 

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What Are Dental Implants?

Simply put, a dental implant is a rod with a crown attached to it. The process looks like this: Your Rochester dentist will implant either a titanium or non-metal zirconia rod in your jawbone. Titanium is a type of metal that can naturally bond to your bone and has been used in hip and knee replacements for decades. In fact, the implant becomes a permanent part of your mouth and mimics a tooth root. After the implant rod fuses to your jawbone, your dentist places a dental crown on top.

Below are some major benefits of dental implants.

1. Dental Implants Last a Lifetime

They absolutely can! Firstly, dental implants vary from case to case. However, overall, its success rate is 98%. In fact, this rate rises when done by a specialist, like a periodontist.

Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. For most patients, the titanium rod itself lasts a lifetime, and few need this replaced. In some cases, the crown itself may need an update after 10 to 15 years, due to wear and tear.

For the most part, you will enjoy your implants for decades, if not a lifetime. This is as long as you take proper care of dental implants.

2. They Don’t Require Special Maintenance

Dental implants look, function, and feel like natural teeth. Therefore, they should be taken care of like your “real” teeth. This means you can continue your normal oral healthcare routine after you get implants. Simply brush twice a day, and floss. Don’t forget to book regular dental check-ups and cleanings at your dentist, too!

3. No One Will Notice Your Dental Implants

Your dental implants attach directly to your gums. Tissue grows around them like “real” teeth. Plus, the dental crown matches the enamel of your other teeth. As such, your dental implants will look exactly like your natural teeth when it is in. Unless you tell people you have them, no one will notice or ask.

4. Freedom to Enjoy Favorite Foods

You can enjoy eating your favorite foods with dental implants. Lastly, the root is secure in your mouth, so no need to worry about your dental implant “slipping” out. Unlike dentures, there’s zero concern about them falling out while eating, talking, or in social situations. In many ways, dental implants offer a layer of comfort and security as they are not “removable”. They help increase your self-esteem at work and while out with friends.

5. They Help Enhance Oral Health

Finally, another major benefit to dental implants is they enhance oral health. As they don’t require support, there’s no added stress to your surrounding teeth. Dentures and dental bridges rely on neighboring teeth. This can increase the risk of decay. It can also enhance natural “wear and tear” to supporting teeth.

As well, dental implants stimulate gums and the jawbone. They prevent bone loss and allow your jaw to keep its natural structure and shape. Lastly, implants offer easier access between teeth when cleaning, which makes oral care that much easier.

Who Are Ideal Candidates?

Most patients can move forward with this procedure. However, some factors might not make you an ideal candidate. Below are things that could prevent you from getting this treatment:

  • Use of cigarettes or tobacco products.
  • Overall poor health.
  • Periodontal disease.
  • Inadequate bone to support your dental implant.

Firstly, smoking or chewing tobacco can delay the recovery process of dental implants. If you indulge in this, you may consider trying to quit. Not only for your oral health goals but overall health, too!

When it comes to periodontal disease, your dentist in Rochester might be able to treat it before your implant procedure. Every case is different. Lastly, for those with inadequate jawbone support, bone grafting may be an option. 

Thinking About Dental Implants In Rochester, NY? Book An Appointment Today!

Have you thought about dental implants as a tooth replacement treatment? Contemporary Dentistry in Rochester can help!

It’s important to note that while most of our patients get excellent results with titanium, we do offer metal-free options. There is a small number of people who have titanium allergies, or who don’t want to go with a metal option. We happily offer metal-free implants, for the following reasons:

  • It’s safe for those with metal allergies.
  • The success rate is comparable to titanium.
  • The strength of non-metals is equal, or greater than, titanium.
  • A more similar appearance to your natural tooth root.
  • Enhanced gum tissue compatibility.
  • Better fusion process.
  • No risk of corrosion or the creation of galvanic circuits.

If you want to learn more about this treatment, please call us at (585) 244-3337 to schedule an appointment with a Rochester implant dentist. You can also book an appointment online.