Taking a trip to your local dentist is something that’s recommended for you to do at least once a year, if not more often. In theory, it’s simple enough: schedule the appointment, and, well, go to your dentist appointment. In practice, however, it’s not always so simple. In this hustle and bustle world of ours, people often cite being too busy as a reason to skip out on that yearly check up. They’ll be fine, they insist, they haven’t felt any pain, they’ve been brushing, what harm could putting off one or two dentist visits do?
Considering the fact that one out of every 10 adults admits that they often forget to brush their teeth, it can do at least a little harm.
Not brushing your teeth can lead to the build-up of harmful bacteria that can, in turn, lead to tooth decay and gum disease; by the time symptoms of said diseases and decay show up, it might be too late to save some teeth. Fillings and crowns can be used to attempt to save certain teeth, but at a point, it gets to where even top dentists can do nothing to save the teeth in question.
Enter dental implants. Dental implants are similar in nature to dentures, only much more permanent in that they’re surgically implanted into the jaw bone so they cannot be moved or removed. Implanting them into the jaw bone requires the patient to undergo dental surgery and requires a lengthy healing time of three to six months. But given that 99.7% of adults surveyed by the AACD stated that they believe in the societal importance of a healthy smile, that healing period just might be worth it.
So if you’re not in the half of the adults who say they actually visit their dentist every six months, and who instead are in the half who are unhappy with their teeth, and the health of your teeth is suffering as a result, you still have options. Just ask one of the three million people who already have dental implants; with a number that high, surely implants must have something going for them? At your next dentist visit, you might join one of the other 500,000 people who are likely to get dental implants this year. It could very well change your life.