Have you experienced injuries or conditions that have caused missing teeth? Luckily, there are options to replace your missing teeth and restore your smile. Our, Winnipeg dentists discuss what dental implants are and why you might consider the procedure.
Why should I consider dental implants?
Dental implants are available to help provide a permanent solution to the issue of missing teeth. However, many people are intimidated by them because the dental surgery to get them is often seen as expensive, painful and invasive. 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.
Dental Implants Allow You to Use Your Teeth as Usual
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.
Your dental implant should not require any special care, only the routine care that you should be providing daily to ensure the health and maintenance of all of your teeth.
Dental implants are one of the more invasive options for replacing missing teeth and has a long process from start to finish. 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.
The Discomfort From Dental Implants is Minimal
There is no surgery in the world that you can experience without any discomfort, 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.
Dental Implants Are More Affordable Than Ever
Though you may have looked into dental implants before due to concerns over affordability, you may want to take a second 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 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.