Have you lost one or more teeth to decay because of illness, accident or injury? In the past, you may have chosen other options, but these days, dental implants have become more viable and affordable.
Why should I consider dental implants?
Dental implants are a permanent solution to a common issue - tooth loss. However, many people are intimidated by these restorations because the surgery required to place them with your smile is seen as expensive, painful and invasive. If you suffer from tooth loss and are considering your tooth replacement options, our Yarmouth dentists may be able to help alleviate some of your concerns about dental implants.
Are you worried you won’t have time to maintain your dental implants? Unlike dentures (which require continual disinfection and special care at night), dental implants can be cared for in the same way as your regular teeth.
If you stick to a regular, diligent oral health routine approved by your dentist, your implants continue to function as they should – no special maintenance required.
Dental implants need dental surgery to be placed in your smile, making this procedure somewhat more invasive than other tooth replacement options. However, in the long run, implants may require less maintenance than dentures or bridges and, in addition, recent advancements in dental technology and techniques have made the dental implant process easier than in the decades past.
Though no surgical procedure is completely without discomfort, you may be interested to know that patients typically feel less discomfort following dental implant surgery than after a tooth extraction.
Plus, placing implants during the same appointment for your tooth extraction means you may notice less discomfort as a result of the implants themselves.
Sedation might also be an option, if you're worried that you won't be able to relax during your dental implant appointments.
More Affordable Than You Might Think
While you may have looked into dental implants before because of concerns over affordability, you may want to take a second look and consider the lifetime cost when compared to other options. When it comes to dentures, consider extra costs that come with accessories, such as disinfectants, storage cases and more.
Bridges need to be replaced every five or so years, and you may have to take time off of work to recover.
The maintenance costs for bridges and dentures can add up over the years. Taken into consideration along with the fact that (if cared for properly) dental implants can last a lifetime, choosing implants might actually make sense for you.
What can I expect during the dental implant procedure?
The dental implant procedure involves the placement of a screw into your jaw bone and beneath your gum tissue. After the surgery, healing will generally take between 3 and 6 months. The patient will then return to complete the procedure.
At this time, the tooth replacement will be attached to the implant. The tooth replacement will be chosen based on the best option for you and may be a bridge, denture or crown. Each of these options will have the function and appearance of a natural tooth.