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By Advanced Dental Care
March 20, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants have become very popular over the past couple of decades and for good reason. These prosthetic teeth present a great treatment option for individuals who want to replace one or more teeth. Implants have proven to be healthy and natural-Dental Implants looking, and patients and dentist alike praise the solid foundation these prosthetics give for eating and speaking. Screwed directly into the jawbone, dental implants are well accepted by the body and, with proper hygiene and routine dental care, can last for decades. Research shows that up to 98 percent of dental implant procedures are successful.

Even though dental implants have a great reputation, some individuals hesitate about undertaking the procedure. Why is that? It may be a lack of information or just listening to some unfounded myths regarding implants. What are these myths, and what is the reality behind dental implants?

The myth of "I'm too old for implants."

The truth is that age is not a factor in placing dental implants. If your oral and overall health is good, your dentist can place an implant. While the jawbone does recede in the 12 months after tooth extraction or loss, simple bone grafting procedures can build up bone sufficiently to provide the foundation for a metal implant fixture or screw.

The myth of " Dental implant pain and after care is more than I can manage."

Truthfully, your gum tissue will be somewhat sore after surgical placement of a dental implant. However, when local anesthesia wears off, most dentists and patients find that simple Tylenol and Ibuprofen is more than sufficient to control the discomfort. Narcotics are not necessary, and the mild pain is gone within a few days.

Regarding caring for the implant, routine dental hygiene does the trick. Individuals brush their implants twice a day and floss daily as they do their natural teeth. Dental check-ups and cleanings are at usual intervals--twice yearly, or as the dentist and hygienist may recommend.

The myth of "I can't afford dental implants."

Many patients find that they can't afford NOT to receive implants. While initially, permanent bridgework may cost less, that restoration lasts about 10 years and then must be redone, incurring another dental bill. On the other hand, implants last for decades and usually do not have to be replaced. Over time, then, implants cost less. In addition, dentists offer payment plans to help spread out the cost, and some dental insurances defray the expense as well.

Advanced Dental Care

In the Mill Creek, Washington area, Arash Aflatooni DDS is highly trained in the science of dental implants. As an Accredited Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), "Dr. A" can evaluate your oral health and determine how implants may help you achieve your best smile. Call his friendly staff for an appointment: 425-482-2322.

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