When a tooth is lost, there are a lot of different things that can happen. A person may experience conditions like rapid bone loss, a change in the way they speak, or discomfort that comes from a changed chewing pattern. Dental implants are a good way to restore jaw functionality and help bring back a sense of normalcy after losing a tooth. Getting your dental implants done in Costa Rica or Cancun is also an enticing way to save money, get your implants done when it’s convenient for you, and get access to world-class cosmetic dentistry.
What Happens When a Tooth Is Lost?
When a tooth is removed, there are a lot of different things that can happen. First and foremost, your teeth help support your jaw structure and stimulate bone growth. When a tooth is removed for any reason, the jaw bone in that area can begin to weaken over time. Additionally, your teeth support one another. When a tooth is removed, your teeth can shift position. This results in bite issues, alignment problems, and joint headaches. When a tooth is removed, it can also make it more difficult to brush or floss correctly, leading to gum disease and tooth decay.
Dental Implants and Overall Quality of Life
Dental implants have a wide variety of benefits. These include:
- Restoration of the ability to chew and bite properly.
- Improvement of your overall smile and appearance.
- Reduction of bone loss in your jaw and overall health of your jaw and gum line.
- Other teeth are kept healthy (when possible).
Many people have gotten dental implants over the years. In fact, the percentage of patients receiving dental implants has increased since 1999. The use of dental implants grew from .7% in 1999 to 2000 to 5.7% in 2015 to 2016 among patients. Dental implants are getting better, patients are more satisfied with them, and the technology used improves each year.
What Age Is Ideal For Dental Implants?
There isn’t an ideal age for dental implants. Once a person reaches adulthood, their jaw structure has developed to its fullest extent. If you are in good health and have lost a tooth, you are likely a good candidate for dental implants. Here are some statistics about tooth loss and age:
- Americans aged 20 to 34 have 26.90 remaining teeth, aged 35 to 49 have 25.05 remaining teeth, and aged 50 to 64 have 22.30 remaining teeth.
- By age 17, seven percent of people have lost a permanent tooth. 69% of adults aged 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth.
- By the age of 50, half of all adults have lost 50% of their permanent teeth.
The suitable age for dental implants will depend upon a lot of different factors, but ultimately, someone who is in good health will be a good candidate for dental implants. Dental implants help restore smile, jaw function, speaking ability, and confidence and are suitable for a wide variety of different ages.
Health Requirements For Dental Implants
Your cosmetic dentist will have some requirements for dental implants. They will do a preliminary checkup to make sure that your jaw bones and gum tissue are in good shape to support healing. Sometimes, you may need some bone grafting before you get a complete set of implants. If you suffer from diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, or autoimmune diseases, this can complicate the risk of infection. Smokers are also not good candidates for dental implants.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants can last a lifetime. Dentures, on the other hand, only last for 5 to 7 years before they need to be replaced. Veneers can last for about 15 to 20 years. Here are some of the ways to take care of dental implants:
- Regular checkups with your dentist
- Use implant-specific floss to get to hard-to-reach places
- Brush as needed
What’s the Process Like To Get Dental Implants In Cancun or Costa Rica?
Many dentists in the United States require some sort of appointment or examination to determine if a patient is a good candidate for dental implants. At The Dental Concierge, we will ask for a panoramic xray of your jaw. We can assist you with setting up an appointment.
Once you have decided to go with us, we will schedule you an appointment at one of our locations abroad. You will leave on a Monday and come home on a Friday. Your first appointment will lay all the groundwork for your implants. We’ll take images of your mouth to start on your dental implants in our lab. We will also do any tissue grafting that needs to be done. We’ll fit you with temporary dentures while your implants are made in our lab. Your next appointment will be approximately six months out, in order for your graftings to work effectively.
We will also help you find discounted lodgings and provide you with transportation to and from your appointments and the airport.
Why Should You Get Your Implants Done in Cancun or Mexico?
The Dental Concierge has several benefits. First and foremost, your implants will be done at state-of-the-art facilities by a cosmetic dentist with an AACD accreditation. Another benefit of getting your implants done in Cancun or Costa Rica is that you’ll save money. Depending upon your needs, you could save 40% or more on getting your dental implants done abroad.
Our dentist was the first to receive the AADA accreditation in Costa Rica and has received extensive postgraduate training in both cosmetic dentistry and implant dentistry.