With advancements in dental technology, individuals are increasingly considering dental implants as an effective solution for tooth loss. Dental implants, often described as the gold standard in the realm of dental tooth replacement, stand out in the vast array of available options. But just how do these implants compare to our natural teeth? 

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a groundbreaking dental tooth replacement option designed to replace the root of a tooth. These implants serve as a sturdy foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth, tailored to match the shape, esthetics, and shade of your natural teeth.

How long do dental implants last?

When cared for properly, dental implants can last many years, often reaching upwards of 25 years. Their longevity stands out, especially when compared to other temporary tooth replacement options. Once we confirm that a patient is a good candidate, the long-term prognosis of an implant is very successful. Feel free to call us and ask questions or even make an appointment with our treatment coordinator. Our office treatment coordinator has dental models that can show you visually the entire process and many patients find this extremely helpful. We will also go over the timing from beginning to end depending on everyone’s circumstances.

How do I care for my dental implants compared to natural teeth?

The care routine for implants closely mirrors that of natural teeth: regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. However, while they imitate the function and appearance of natural teeth, dental implants are free from the risk of cavities, though gum health remains crucial.  The most important aspect of dental implants is maintaining hygiene appointments to adequately clean the tissue around each implant. Even though implants do not decay like natural teeth, we need to make sure that the bone around the implant is healthy. This can be achieved as mentioned above with frequent hygiene visits, depending on each patient’s need.

Are dental implants safe?

Absolutely. Dental implants have undergone rigorous testing and have been proven to be a safe and effective missing tooth replacement solution for eligible patients. The next most important step is going over the patient’s medications and health history in order to determine if dental implants are the best treatment.

Are dental implants noticeable?

Modern dental implants are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. Most people won’t even be able to tell the difference, making them an excellent choice for single-tooth replacement or even replacing multiple teeth.

How long is the recovery time after getting dental implants?

The recovery period post-implantation varies by individual but typically ranges from a few weeks to several months. This time allows the implant to properly integrate with the jawbone, ensuring a permanent tooth replacement solution.

How stable and supportive are teeth implants in comparison to normal teeth?

 Dental implants offer unparalleled stability, thanks to their root-like structure that anchors them to the jawbone. They can handle the same, if not more, pressure and strain as natural teeth, making them a top choice for those seeking a robust tooth replacement option.

Can dental implants get cavities like natural teeth?

 One of the standout benefits of dental implants is their resistance to cavities. Crafted from durable materials, they’re immune to decay. However, maintaining gum health is essential to ensure the longevity of the implant.

Which tends to last longer, dental implants or natural teeth?

 Both dental implants and natural teeth, when maintained well, can last a lifetime. However, dental implants, free from the risk of cavities, often have an edge in terms of durability, especially when considering them as a permanent tooth replacement option.

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 Dental implants offer an innovative solution for those looking to restore their smile. With unmatched durability, aesthetic appeal, and functionality, they’re fast becoming the preferred choice for tooth replacement.

Considering a dental implant? Whether you’re looking at single or multiple tooth replacement options, Smile Solutions of Maine in Waterville and Winthrop is here to assist. Let our expert team guide you through your dental journey. Schedule your appointment today!