“I” is for “ingenious.” There are so many shapes and sizes of implants to fit just about any situation to replace teeth or stabilize dentures. Compared to past procedures, today’s techniques are much simpler and predictable.

“M” is for “mini implants.” This subset of dental implants is very useful when there is only a small amount of bone. These are especially good for denture stabilization where the teeth were removed many years ago and there is little bone remaining. The procedure is also much less invasive which is good for the elderly or medically compromised patients.

“P” is for “potential.” No removable tooth replacement is as functional and comfortable as fixed teeth. Dental implants allow for the teeth to “grow back,” replacing those that are missing. They feel and work like natural teeth. There is hope and a lot of potential for anyone suffering with loose or missing teeth.

“L” is for “love my teeth.” This is what is heard when patients who have lost their teeth suddenly have them back again with implants. This is a real life-changer. The confidence and joy of having a good-looking, comfortable smile is unlike just about anything else.

“A” is for “action.” Anyone who has benefited from dental implants has had to take action to educate themselves about this process and what it can do for them. Even if for the better, change is sometimes hard to pursue and accept. This is where a dental professional can help you sort out all your concerns and allow for you to improve your quality of life.

“N” is for “natural.” There is nothing about dental implants that feels unnatural. Like other bodily implants such as hips and knees, once healed, there is no outward awareness on the part of the patient. The main difference compared to these other implants is that dental implants are less likely to fail in the long run.

“T” is for “titanium.” This is what the main body of dental implants is made of. It is almost always hypo-allergenic. Only those with extreme metal allergies are vulnerable. Even at that, did you know ceramic implants are available?

“S” is for “savings.” Again, compared to implant replacement of the past, today’s procedures are more affordable and much less invasive. It is also saving of the bone. The jaw-bone reacts to dental implants like teeth and it does not dissolve away as fast as it does without teeth.

James G. Jenkins, D.M.D. is the owner of Bluffton Dental Care in Bluffton.