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10 Important facts you must know about Dental Implants

Dental implants are a fantastic option for those who are missing teeth. This life changing procedure can help restore function and aesthetics to your beautiful smile. Read on for ten important facts you should know about dental implants!

  1. Many insurance companies now cover dental implants! It is widely known that a dental implant is the best choice for tooth replacement. It seems only right that dental insurances cover this miracle treatment. 
  2. 69% of adults age 35-44 have lost a permanent tooth! More than 3 million people in the US have a dental implant.
  3. A dental implant can not get a cavity! That’s right, a dental implant is not subject to decay because it is attached to the interior jawbone.
  4. The science of the implant is not a new idea. Around 600 AD, Mayans attempted to replace a tooth by hammering a piece of shell into a ladies jaw. Lucky for you, the modern implant is safer and more effective. No shells or hammer!
  5. An implant is used to replace the root of a missing tooth. It is the “anchor” for the crown that will replace the actual tooth. The implant itself is usually made from titanium and the crown is generally porcelain.
  6. With proper care, a dental implant can last over 25 years! Wow! Your dentist can share any additional measures you should take to ensure their longevity.
  7. A dental implant provides appropriate support and acts as a natural tooth. Unlike dentures, an implant stays strong for chewing without slipping.
  8. They need to be taken care of like a natural tooth. Twice yearly visits to your dentist, proper brushing, flossing and oral hygiene is extremely important. You want the gums around the implant to stay healthy.
  9. It is the longest lasting tooth restoration available. An implant can potentially last a lifetime. Unlike bridges that need to be replaced every 5-15 years depending on care.
  10. A dental implant has a 97.5% survival rate for a single tooth. Pretty good odds, indeed!

Your dentist can provide detailed information about implants and answer any questions you may have. So ask your dentist about your dental implant options today, You deserve to smile!

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