More than half of adults who reach their forties will have lost at least one tooth because of an accident or some type of oral disease. If you’re missing any teeth, dental implants will fill in the gaps and make your smile look wonderful again. Dental implants are simply artificial teeth that we can surgically insert into your mouth. They will match your other teeth and become a fixed part of your jaw. You will look better and eat better, and with proper care, your implants can last a lifetime.
Dental implants can be seen as an alternative to dentures, which have improved over the years but still have their downsides. Dentures require an application of messy adhesive to hold in place. Nevertheless, they can still slip around, or even fall out, when you’re eating or talking. They also require a fair bit of cleaning and care. On the other hand, once dental implants are in, they are in for good, and caring for them is very similar to caring for your natural teeth.
Just about anyone with healthy gums and adequate bone structure in their mouth is a good candidate for dental implants.
By the time someone is around 12 or 13 years old, all their permanent teeth should have finished coming in. The exceptions are the last four molars, known as the wisdom teeth, which typical don’t start “erupting” from beneath the gums until early adulthood. Wisdom teeth, unfortunately, frequently come in problematically. They might emerge at odd angles and push against other teeth; they can even become trapped in the jawbone. The problem is that many people’s bites can’t spare the extra room for new molars, and when a wisdom tooth doesn’t have room to come in, it becomes impacted. This can cause pain, infection, crooked teeth, nerve damage, tooth decay, and other serious health problems.
Impacted wisdom teeth and their associated problems can be hard to predict in advance and surgical extraction can be difficult at later ages. That’s why we often recommend removing wisdom teeth in young adults as a preventative measure. Removing wisdom teeth is a common outpatient procedure that OC Smile performs right in our offices. After the first 24 hours, you will need to rest and avoid certain food, but you’ll find that recovery is fairly quick. The procedure is a simple one that will help you avoid many dental problems in the future.