Records state that millions of Americans suffer from loss of teeth due to gingivitis, tooth decay, and mouth injury. In the past, there were only dentures and dental bridges; today, patients can benefit a lot more from dental implants. What do you mean by dental implants? These are replacement roots of teeth that give a durable foundation for both fixed or removable replacement teeth that go well with the appearance of your natural teeth. What are its advantages? Dental implants are infused with the bone and they look like your real teeth. In return you will also have no problems with speech since you won’t fear that your dentures might fall off each time you speak. It is also comfortable to use since it fits like your natural teeth and it also functions as such; hence you won’t have problems chewing food. In the same way, you can eat everything since you won’t have any more eating concerns like you used to. Dental implants also help boost your self-confidence. The implants will allow for easy access to the teeth unlike dentures and this enhances the practice of oral hygiene. Most of your teeth are left intact and not altered to accommodate the implants; this means that you can still clean your teeth with brushing and flossing without any difficulty. Dental implants are also durable that some of them last a lifetime. They are also very convenient to use since there is no need to remove them like dentures. You also have no concerns about adhesives that you normally use to keep dentures in place. What are the chances for dental implants to be successful? The jaw placement affects the success rate of the dental implants. However, in general, it has been recorded that dental implants have 98 percent success rate. This is also intended to last for life. Who can have dental implants? Anyone who is healthy can have dental implants. The patient should have enough bone and healthy gums. The person should also be meticulous about oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Those who have chronic medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease and those who had radiation therapy on the neck and head area should ask for medical clearance or should consult a physician first before going through the process. Is it painful to have dental implants? Majority of those who had dental implants disclosed that there was only slight inconvenience during and after the procedure. Only local anesthesia was used, and surprisingly it was not as painful as tooth extraction. There might be soreness after the implants are placed but it can be treated through over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol. Is there special care and maintenance for dental implants? Taking care of the implants is like taking care of your real teeth. It can be done through daily brushing twice, flossing, and rinsing with the use of antiseptic mouthwash at least once a day.

I Graduated from Sydney University Bachelor of Dentistry with Honours. During my University studies, I was awarded the University of Sydney Academic Merit prize, awarded to the top performing student in each faculty.