If you have lost any of your teeth because of tooth decay, an illness, injury or accident you are able replace them with dental implants, which have become more viable and affordable. Today our Winnipeg dentists explain why dental implants may be the right option for you.
Why You Should Consider Dental Implants
Dental implants are a permanent solution for tooth loss. However, many people are intimidated by them because they believe the dental surgery to get them is expensive, painful and invasive. If you are suffering from tooth loss and are considering your tooth replacement options, our Winnipeg dentists can help alleviate some of your concerns regarding dental implants.
Are you concerned about not having the time to maintain dental implants? Unlike dentures (which require continuous 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 will continue to function as they are supposed to, without the need for special maintenance.
Dental implants require dental surgery, which makes the procedure slightly more invasive than other tooth replacement options. However, in the long run implants may require less maintenance than dentures or bridges, also recent advancements in dental techniques and technology have made the dental implant process easier than in previous decades.
Though no surgery goes completely without discomfort, you might be interested to know that patients generally feel less discomfort after dental implant surgery than after tooth extractions.
Plus, if you have your implants placed during the same appointment as your tooth extraction you might feel less discomfort as a result of the implants themselves.
Sedation could also be an option, if you're worried that you won't be able to relax during your dental implant appointments.
They Are More Affordable Than You Might Think
Though you may have considered dental implants before and second guessed them due to the affordability concerns, you might want to take another look and consider their lifetime cost compared to other options. With 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 might 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 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 At My 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.