Benefits of Dental Implants
There is no doubt that dental implants are the best tooth replacement option available. That’s because they:
- Look like natural teeth
- Function like natural teeth
- Support themselves
- Stimulate your jawbone
- Require no special care
- Can last a lifetime
Dental implants look almost exactly like natural teeth. The implant itself is hidden in the gums, but the dental crown (or bridge or denture) on top can perfectly match your natural teeth, and the gums nestle up around it, just like a natural tooth.
Dental implants also function just like natural teeth. You can bite and chew normally and enjoy all your favorite foods. If you’ve given up food because of unhealthy teeth or bad dentures, implants will let you enjoy them again.
Dental implants are anchored in your jawbone, which means they support themselves–they don’t rely on your teeth for support (so they don’t damage your natural teeth). And because they’re in the jawbone, they stimulate the bone so your body maintains the bone and it doesn’t shrink.
Dental implants also just require the same care as natural teeth: brush, floss, and make regular dental visits. If you take care of them, they can last a lifetime.
Can Dental Implants Last A Lifetime?
Yes! Clinical studies show a survival rate of over 90% for up to 30 years, and some individuals have had them for up to 50 years–basically, since they were invented.
How Many Teeth Can Implants Replace?
They can replace any number of teeth, from one to your entire arch of teeth. We offer the All-on-x implant system, which replaces an entire arch of teeth with just four implants.
Are You A Candidate For Dental Implants?
Most people can get dental implants if they want. You only need to meet three criteria. You must be:
- Missing one or more
- An adult whose jaw has stopped growing
- Healthy enough for surgery
If you meet those three criteria, you are a candidate for dental implants. Some other factors might make you a better or worse candidate. The best candidates:
- Have good oral health
- Have adequate bone at the implant site
- Never smoked
- Are committed to caring for implants
Whether you are a good candidate depends on the health of your mouth. Dental implants don’t get cavities, but gum disease can cause them to fail. If you have gum disease, we will want to treat that before moving onto the next step.
You also need to have enough bone at the implant site (enough volume and enough density) to support your implants. If you don’t you might need a bone graft before getting implants.
Smoking increases your odds of implant failure. The best candidates never smoked, or stopped smoking at least 10 years ago. Smokers can still get them, but they will need to quit for several months while the implant heals.
As we said, gum disease can lead to implant failure, just as it leads to tooth loss. Unfortunately, as much as 70% of adults over age 65 have gum disease, so it’s important to be committed to caring for your oral health and your implants if you want them to last.
Dr. Strober’s Dental Implant Education
Dr. Strober is extensively trained in cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry, but he has amassed a truly remarkable level of training. He recently earned the rank of Fellow of the International Dental Implant Association (FIDIA). This honor required the completion of over 350 hours of dental implant coursework and the placement of numerous dental implants as part of an intense clinical workshop. He has the education and the skills to place them safely and accurately.
Want to Learn More about Dental Implants in Rancho Mirage?
Are you looking to replace one or more teeth in the Coachella Valley? Dental implants are likely your best replacement option. Please call (760) 832-7915 today for an appointment with implant dentist Dr. Rod Strober at Country Club Dentistry in Rancho Mirage today.