Have you lost any of your teeth due to various conditions or events? Implants may be a good option to help restore your smile. Our dentists at Family Dental Care - Spruceland in Prince George discuss what dental implants are and why you might consider having them done.
Why should I consider dental implants?
Dental implants provide a permanent solution to the common issue of tooth loss. However, dental surgery is usually not considered by many people because they may be considering the procedure to be painful and expensive. If you suffer from tooth loss and are considering your tooth replacement options, our Family Dental Care - Spruceland dentists in Prince George may be able to help alleviate some of your concerns about dental implants.
Dental Implant Are Practical
Unlike dentures, which require special care, dental implants do not require the same level of maintenance and 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 is required.
Dental implants require dental surgery, making the procedure somewhat more invasive than other tooth replacement options. However, in the long run, implants may require less maintenance than dentures of bridges, and in addition, recent advancements in dental technology and techniques have made the dental implant process easier than in decades past.
Discomfort During Surgery is Minimal
There isn't a surgical procedure out there that won't have some level of discomfort, no matter how small, but you may be interested to know that patients typically feel less discomfort following dental implant surgery than after 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.
While at first glance, dental implants may seem expensive but if you compare them to the lifetime cost of other options such as dentures, the cost is comparable. With dentures, consider extra costs that come with accessories, such as disinfectants, storage cases and more.
If you chose bridges then they will 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 happens during the dental implant procedure?
The implant is laid surgically into your jaw bone, underneath the gum tissue. After the surgery, healing will typically take between 3 to 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 crown, a bridge or a denture. Each of these options will have the function and appearance of a natural tooth.