If you wear dentures or are planning on getting them, you have probably heard about dental implants. You may also have heard many myths about surrounding dental implants, such as their extremely high cost, the length of time they take, or their inability to be effective. These claims are simply untrue, and dental implants are one of the most effective means of reinvigorating your smile. Dental implants are actually known to have an extremely high rate of success, and unlike dentures, they have no maintenance costs beyond your regular toothpaste and a toothbrush. The time it takes to get implants varies depending on the type of implants you get, but some types of implants can be completed within days or even hours.
There are several different types of dental implants. Individual implants replace one tooth with one implant, and this is a good choice for someone who has just one or two teeth missing. For someone who is edentulous, which means they have no teeth at all, implants would involve the placement of several metal posts that an arch of artificial teeth would then be attached to. One procedure, called All-on-Four, involves only four implants per arch. Full implants usually involve six to eight implants. Mini-implants are a much faster option that under some circumstances can be completely finished in just one appointment.
All of these types of dental implants have crowns (artificial teeth) that are permanently fixed to the implants. This means that unlike dentures, they are not removable and will not slip or shift. You take care of your implants by brushing them the same way you do with natural teeth. There is no need to purchase adhesives, special cleaners or special brushes or cups. While there is no doubt that implants have a higher upfront cost than dentures, remember that with dentures, you will spend the rest of your life repeatedly purchasing cleaners and adhesives, as well as paying for adjustments, relining and replacement dentures.
Getting dental implants is a big step, and before making a decision you should get as much information as you can about different types of implants and the implant procedure that is best for you. If you are in the Washington D.C. and Bethesda area,
contact Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington D.C. to set up an appointment and see if you are a good candidate for implants.