People are living longer than ever, and while regular brushing, flossing, and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can’t keep up. If you’ve lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health.
An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium: the same material used in many replacement hips and knees, and a metal that is well-suited to pairing with human bone. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.
The ideal candidate for implants is a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease.
SINGLE OR MULTIPLE IMPLANTS
Implants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.
ARE IMPLANTS SAFE?
Absolutely. Dental implants have been used for several decades and are recognized for their safety and effectiveness. Our dentists use high-quality materials and advanced techniques to ensure the best outcome for every patient.
DENTAL IMPLANTS: THE PROS AND CONS
Natural Look and Feel: Dental implants are designed to blend seamlessly with your existing teeth, delivering a natural look and feel.
Long-Lasting: With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Protects Oral Health: Dental implants help preserve bone structure, prevent adjacent teeth from shifting, and support overall oral health.
Cost: Dental implants tend to be more expensive upfront than other options. However, given their longevity and minimal maintenance, they can be a cost-effective solution in the long run.
Surgery: Dental implants involve a surgical procedure, which carries standard surgical risks. However, these are minimal in the hands of a qualified dentist like our team.
ARE IMPLANTS WORTH IT?
In one word, yes! While there are cheaper alternatives like dentures or bridges, dental implants offer significant long-term benefits. They don’t slip or move around in your mouth, they’re comfortable, and they help maintain your jawbone health. For these reasons and more, many patients find implants to be worth the investment.
Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.
PRICING AND INSURANCE
The cost of dental implants varies based on individual needs. At Olive Branch Dental, we believe in affordable care and offer several financing options to help fit your treatment into your budget. Our knowledgeable team will work with you to understand your insurance coverage and maximize your benefits.
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Ready to explore if dental implants are right for you? Give us a call to schedule your free consultation with our team. Named one of the best for dental implants in Indiana, Olive Branch Dental is known for our gentle approach and meticulous attention to detail. Experience the Olive Branch Dental difference — where your smile is our top priority.