Dental implants are a great way to replace your lost tooth. It is an increasingly popular concept in the U.S alone, with over 3 million Americans have undergone a dental implant, as per the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). “3 million people in the United States have implants, a number that is growing by 500,000 annually.” So, if you too are considering an implant, read 4 interesting facts about them below, which would help you decide.
1. Implants do not get cavities
This is one of the biggest advantages of getting a dental implant. Our natural teeth are prone to cavities. Dental implants are not! This is because they are made of titanium. Since they do not get cavities, maintaining implants is not very difficult either. When the implant has healed, you may brush and floss it just like you would with any of your other teeth. Since they are usually made of titanium, you need not even worry about decay or erosion!
2. The strength is immense!
Dental implants are immensely strong. They are near as strong as your natural teeth. The titanium root is bio-compatible, letting it heal around the bone. This provides a strong foundation for the crown, and gradually, the implant feels just like your natural teeth. As per the AAID, implants are the best alternative if you have to replace a natural tooth. “Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. They allow you to live the way you want to – confidently eating, smiling, laughing, talking, kissing and enjoying all of your everyday activities without worrying about your teeth.”
3. Titanium over zirconia
While titanium implants have been in the market for decades now, zirconia implants are relatively new and possess certain values that titanium implants cannot provide. Zirconia implants are mainly known for their aesthetics. They are of ceramic material, and the white coloring on the surface of it lets you have a beautiful, white smile. Furthermore, some patients are allergic to the nickel content in titanium, and hence, opt for the metal-free nature of zirconia implants. However, titanium implants are still dominant. The strength and longevity that titanium implants provide, largely outweigh the unique benefits of zirconia implants.
Furthermore, titanium implants have had documented success in terms of effectiveness. Zirconia implants have not been in the market for too long, for its effectiveness to be properly compared to titanium implants. Titanium implants are known to last for over 3 decades. Zirconia implants have not even been in the market for that long! Hence, even dentists recommend titanium over zirconia.
4. They have a high success rate
There are hardly any documented cases of dental implants proving to be unsuccessful. According to an article published by the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness (IDIA), implants have a success rate of over 95%. ”Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. In fact, dental implant treatment is the tooth replacement option with the highest documented success rates. Clinical studies over the past 40 to 50 years indicate that dental implant treatment has a success rate well over 95%.”
Now that you know the basics, do you consider to get an implant? If you think you have a bad tooth that needs to be replaced, we do recommend an implant. And you need not be afraid! Most patients claim that implants hurt even lesser than normal tooth extraction. Besides, who doesn’t want a bad tooth to be replaced by a strong and healthy one?