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Dental Implants Can Help You Live a Better Life

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Dental implants are tooth replacement options that don’t just look like natural teeth: they function like natural teeth, too. And maintenance for dental implants is easy–they just require the same maintenance as your natural teeth.

Because of all the benefits of dental implants, we know that they improve the quality of life for anyone who gets them. And now a new study confirms the dramatic level of improvement that people get from dental implants.

Improvement in Every Aspect of Oral Health

For this study, researchers recruited 79 patients who received a total of 232 dental implants. The number of implants received ranged from one to six, although only 6% of patients received six implants.

These subjects were given a comprehensive oral health impact profile test with 49 questions (OHIP-49) on every aspect of the way that oral health can affect your daily life. The areas the OHIP-49 looks at include:

  • Functional limitation
  • Physical pain
  • Psychological discomfort
  • Physical disability
  • Psychological disability
  • Social disability
  • Handicap

On each of the questions, people are asked to rate the number of times a particular aspect is affected by their oral health. For example, a person might be asked how often they have trouble pronouncing words because of their teeth, mouth, or dentures, and they would respond on a scale from 0 (never) to 4 (very often).

Patients were given the OHIP-49 before they got their dental implants, then at one, two, and three years after getting their implants. Their scores showed that they had significant improvement in every aspect of the questionnaire. Their average initial score was quite high, about 71, showing that before getting dental implants, poor oral health impacted these patients’ lives many times a day. By one year after getting dental implants, the score dropped to 44, and by three years after getting dental implants, the average score had dropped under 18. That’s a 75% improvement in their OHIP scores.

What’s more, every single aspect of the questionnaire showed improvement. In other words, the average patient went from “very often” having functional limits, physical pain, psychological discomfort and disability, social disability, and more to “hardly ever” having those problems. The biggest improvement was in physical pain, which dropped from an average of 16 to an average of just 4.

Are You Ready to Have a Better Life with Dental Implants?

Are you daily impacted by your oral health? Do have difficulty speaking or eating? Are you avoiding social situations because of missing teeth? Are you in pain? If so, then dental implants can help.

With dental implants, you can eliminate pain, social and psychological discomfort, physical limitations, and other effects from your unhealthy teeth and gums. And with dental implants, these benefits will last for years, even decades.

If you’re ready to live a better life with dental implants in Columbus, OH, please call (614) 848-5001 today for an appointment with implant dentist Dr. Mike Firouzian at the Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.