6 Things to Know Before Getting Dental Implants

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If you’re missing teeth or have other oral health problems, dental implants could be the solution you’re looking for. However, admittedly, it’s not something that most people are very excited about. 

So before having this procedure done, we recommend doing as much research as possible.

6 Things to Know

Getting dental implants might not be at the top of your to-do list, but it’s something that can dramatically improve your quality of life. Not only can it improve your oral health, but itl can also restore your confidence and give you a bigger and brighter smile. 

Before you get dental implants, here are several things you should know about the procedure, how implants work, and what you can do to ensure a smoother and less stressful experience.

  1. Dental Implants Come in 3 Parts

While we talk about dental implants as a singular piece, they actually consist of three distinct parts:

  • The implant. This part serves as the anchor. It’s the screw that permanently attaches to your jaw and acts much like the root of a real tooth. You don’t actually see this part of the implant.
  • The abutment. For all intents and purposes, this part of the tooth is also permanent. (However, your doctor can always remove and replace it in the future if deemed necessary.) The abutment is basically a connector that attaches to the implant and holds the tooth in place.
  • The crown. The visible portion of the tooth is known as the crown. It’s typically made of porcelain or zirconium. These materials provide strength, durability, and a clean aesthetic. The crown will be matched to your existing teeth. 

These three parts work together to form a single new tooth. (Or, as we discuss further down in this article, a row of several teeth.)

  1. Dental Implants Offer Numerous Benefits

Dental implants provide a number of distinct benefits. If you’re on the fence about getting an implant, you may want to carefully consider how they’re able to:

  • Restore your ability to chew properly
  • Restore the appearance of a healthy and vibrant smile
  • Prevent your jawbone from shrinking due to excessive bone loss
  • Ensure proper health of your surrounding bone and gums
  • Keep adjacent teeth stabilized
  • Improve your confidence and overall quality of life

While there can be some discomfort associated with the procedure, this is just temporary andthe long-term benefits can be life-changing. 

  1. You May Need an Extra Step

The amount of time you’ve been without a tooth will determine the extent of the dental implant procedure. If you’re getting an implant fairly quickly after losing a tooth, then the implant typically won’t have any trouble fusing with the jawbone. However, if it’s been a while (or your jawbone isn’t healthy), a bone graft may also be required to strengthen the area where the implant is secured. Your doctor will be able to explain all of this when meeting with you.

  1. Choose the Right Dental Implant Center

Speaking of doctors, it’s imperative that you choose the right dental implant center for your procedure. While any dental implant center is going to have the basic credentials needed to perform the procedure, you want to make sure you’re working with one of the best. Some people will even travel out of town just to ensure they have access to the best doctors.

For example, many patients get dental implants in Salt Lake City or one of 75+ other locations so they can work with the doctors at ClearChoice and their doctors. However, that’s something that you’ll have to decide. 

  1. Single Tooth vs. Multiple Teeth

While most dental implants are replacements for a single missing tooth, there are also situations where multiple consecutive teeth need to be addressed. In this case, doctors place implants on both ends of the row and then use a bridge to fill the gap. This prevents the need to place an implant in each individual tooth location.

  1. Dental Implants Must be Cared For

Just like your real teeth, dental implants must be cared for. Thankfully, the process of keeping dental implants clean and healthy is fairly similar. You’ll want to brush and floss at least twice per day and use an antibacterial mouthwash to kill any remaining bacteria. You may also want to use a water floss to clean underneath your replacement tooth.

Putting it All Together

Dental implants might seem intimidating, but they’re actually very common. And as long as you find a reputable dental implant center with experienced doctors, you have nothing to worry about. You’ll come out of the procedure looking and smiling better than ever!

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