In years past, it is hard to advise how someone should proceed after losing or damaging a tooth, but these days dental implants have become more viable and affordable which frequently makes them a reasonable choice.
Why Should I Consider Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent solution to a common problem; however, many people are intimidated by the prospect of invasive and painful dental surgeries being required to implant them. If you suffer from tooth loss and are considering your tooth replacement options, our Winnipeg dentists may be able to help alleviate some of your concerns about dental implants.
Are Dental Implants Practical?
Are you worried about maintaining 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 with no special maintenance 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 or bridges, and in addition, recent advancements in dental technology and techniques have made the dental implant process easier than in decades past.
Are Implants Uncomfortable?
Though no surgical procedure is completely devoid of discomfort, you may be interested to know that patients more often than not feel less discomfort following dental implant surgery than after tooth extraction.
If you can manage to have implants put in during the same appointment for your tooth extraction it 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.
Can I Afford Dental Implants?
Though you may not have looked into dental implants before due to affordability concerns, you may want to perform a closer inspection 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 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 make long-term financial sense for you.
What to Expect During the Dental Implant Procedure
The implant is placed 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 could be a crown, a bridge, or a denture. Each of these options will have the function and appearance of a natural tooth.