Dental implants can improve a patient's quality of life.
That's the news from McGill University in Montreal, and Dr. Jocelyne S. Feine, professor of dentistry. Dr. Feine recently studied patients who had undergone the procedure, its health benefits and costs.
"Their reactions are phenomenal," Dr. Feine told The Hartford Courant last month. Patients with dental implants eat better and seem to be healthier and enjoy life more than those who have dentures. "It makes such a difference in their lives," said Dr. Feine.
Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically inserted in the jaw to provide secure support for dental crowns. Implants can be artificial teeth that look natural and feel secure, or they can be used to attach full or partial dentures.
Dentists caution that implants aren't for everyone. You might be a candidate if you're in good health, have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant, and if you’re committed to meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits. A thorough evaluation by your dentist will help determine if you are a good candidate.
Implant surgery can be done under a local or general anesthetic. Usually pain medications and, if necessary, antibiotics are prescribed.
To find out if you're a good candidate, talk to your dentist.© American Dental Association. All rights reserved. Reproduction or republication is strictly prohibited without the prior written permission from the American Dental Association.