Dental implants can make a difference in patients' lives

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.

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Most dental implants are successful, and there are a few steps you can take to help ensure success and make your implant last.

  • Practice good oral hygiene – brush twice a day and floss once daily. Using interdental brushes, brushes that slide between teeth, can help clean the hard to reach areas around your implant.

  • Quit smoking – smoking can weaken the bone structure and can contribute to implant failure.

  • Visit your dentist – cleanings and exams every six months can help ensure your implant is in good condition, and that it stays that way.

  • Avoid chewing on hard foods – don’t chew on hard items such as ice and hard candy because they can break the crown and your natural teeth.

Safeguard your implants for the future

The longevity and success of implants depends on your oral hygiene. Use one of our toothpastes to keep your mouth clean and healthy.