Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Methuen, MA dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.
Contact your Methuen, MA Dentist
Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Methuen, MA dentist to schedule an appointment.
Forbes (3/17) contributor Robert Glatter, MD, states that "researchers in South Korea studied the relationship between chronic periodontitis and dementia over a 10 year period," finding those with "chronic periodontitis had a 6% higher risk for dementia compared to those without periodontitis," even "after controlling for behaviors such as smoking, consuming alcohol, and degree of physical exercise." Dr. Glatter says that although "the mechanism underlying this finding is unclear," and "it also may be a case of 'chicken vs egg,— the "research is important because it represents the first study to demonstrate that chronic periodontitis could be linked to a higher risk for dementia, even after taking lifestyle behaviors into account." The findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Meanwhile, CNN (3/14, Powell) stated on its website "that the rate of Americans who died from dementia has more than doubled from 30.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 2000 to 66.7 in 2017," according to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (3/14, Pirani) reported that CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield said, "Early diagnosis is key to helping people and their families cope with loss of memory, navigate the health care system, and plan for their care in the future."
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