Dental Implants: Why You Need Them, Costs & Types

Did you know that approximately 3 million people in the USA have dental implants? And that over 500,000 people are added every year? Most of these people choose implants because they are not satisfied with their current teeth or (the maintenance of) dentures. Wondering if you need dental implants? Chances are that your dentist already recommended them, but it is very important to do your own research on dental implants as well.

When Do You Need Dental Implants?
Before I tell you why you need them, it’s good to know what a dental implant is. Dental implants are structures that replace missing teeth. It’s possible you’ll need one, but sometimes the teeth are in such bad shape that a dentist can only recommend ‘full mouth dental implants’ or getting dentures, especially when you’re older.

To get dental implants you need dental surgery, where a healthcare professional need to put the implant in the jawbone, to make it look like an artificial tooth. This is also known as implanting a crown. Once the abutment is put in the jawbone, it will connect the new (artificial) tooth to the implant and your teeth will look great again, and you can start living and be able to laugh with an open mouth again because there will be no more holes or ugly teeth to see.

The question is; is this really necessary? The answer is: absolutely! Why you may ask? The first reason is for aesthetics, most people are more confident with complete and well cared for teeth. This isn’t the only reason though. Having dental implants, instead of holes in your teeth, is also important for the overall function of your mouth. They help support a healthy bite, keeping other teeth in place while also supporting the jawbone and also prevents bone deterioration. This sounds like an exaggeration, but when a tooth is pulled and not replaced there is a chance that the jawbone will deteriorate. You can prevent this by having a dental implant because it ensures that the jawbone experiences enough pressure again (during chewing), which keeps the jaw working properly. Now you know why dental implants are so important, it is important to know which type of implant suits you and what it might cost you. Check this out on the next page.