September is Dental Implant Awareness Month, and the American Association for Implant Dentistry (AAID) is encouraging patients to “Live a Life Full of Smiles,” as more than 3 million people in the United States have dental implants. The AAID notes that dental implants, which last for decades if properly cared for, are the only tooth replacement option that stimulates bone growth and prevents bone loss while protecting facial bone and healthy teeth.
“I’m a happy person and my new smile matches who I am inside,” said Jan Plessner, a patient who turned to an AAID credentialed dentist for her new smile. “On a scale of one to 10, I give it a 10-plus. I have not stopped smiling since I got my new smile. Your smile is your first impression. I feel much more confident now.”
Retired school superintendent Richard Varriale said he would recommend dental implants to others, with one caveat: “If you find the right dentist to do it. You want to be sure that you’re getting a competent dentist who is trained in the procedure. You want to make sure you’re confident in the doctor you use.”
There is a significant difference between “dentists who do implants” and “dental implant experts,” according to the AAID. Dental implants are not one size fits all, the AAID says, adding that they are complex, sophisticated devices requiring specialized training and expertise to fit and place properly.
“AAID celebrates Dental Implant Awareness Month each year to educate consumers about dental implants and the value of turning to an AAID member for their surgery,” said AAID president David G. Hochberg, DDS. “When patients choose an AAID-credentialed dental implant dentist, they can be confident they are working with an expert who has the extensive education, training, and experience required to put them on the path to living a life full of smiles.”
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