April 6, 2019
It goes without saying that losing teeth will impact the way your smile looks. But just as important is how tooth loss makes you feel. Struggling to eat your favorite foods or feeling self-conscious in social situations are common side effects, which is why it’s important to restore your smile with something that feels just as good as it looks. Many people mistakenly believe that dental implants in Chesapeake will somehow feel fake or noticeable, but nothing could be further from the truth. Keep reading to find out how implants work and learn about the many benefits they provide, including feeling incredibly natural!
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Implants are very different from other replacement options because they replace the entire tooth structure (the root and crown).
Here’s how they work: The implant itself, which is actually a titanium post, is placed in the jaw during a small, in-office surgery that takes 1-2 hours per implant. Many people can’t believe how much easier and more comfortable this procedure is than they expected. Then the implant is given 3-6 months to integrate (or fuse) with the surrounding jaw bone.
The final step is restoring the implant by attaching a single dental crown, bridge, or denture. These restorations are matched in size, shape, and color to your existing smile so they’ll look natural and blend in seamlessly.
How Will Your Implant Feel?
Since an implant is basically a replacement root, it’s impossible for anyone to tell that you have one, including you. Just like you can’t feel the roots of your own teeth, you won’t be able to feel your implant either. However, just like with any new dental work, it may take a few days before it feels completely normal.
In addition to having a lifelike feel, here are some other benefits you can expect from a dental implant:
- Implants mimic natural teeth and prevent bone loss in your jaws. This helps you maintain a youthful facial structure over time.
- You’ll have unmatched chewing strength and stability, so you can eat hard, tough, or crunchy foods with ease.
- Implants can last a lifetime with basic care and maintenance, making them a fantastic long-term investment in your oral health.
- Implants have a success rate of over 95%.
- You’ll be able to laugh, smile, and speak with complete self-confidence and won’t have to worry about embarrassing “slips” the way you might with dentures.
Clearly, implants provide many advantages that you can’t get from other options. And the advantage people love the most is that they feel like your own teeth!
About the Author
Dr. Craig Estrada is a general, cosmetic, and restorative dentist in Chesapeake and a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry. He knows that his patients want restorations that look and feel fantastic, so he often recommends implants because they’re a great solution for both concerns. If you have any questions about dental implants, he can be reached via his website.
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