Dental Implants Offer Long-Term Solution for Tooth Loss
As we get older, so do our teeth. Sometimes tooth loss can be a side effect of age or the result of poor dental care or other health or diet factors. Whatever the cause, tooth loss is a serious problem for a significant portion of the population. Thankfully, there are several different ways that tooth loss can be dealt with, allowing you to live a normal life and eat as you please.
Dentures used to be the go-to choice for dealing with tooth loss, but now many are turning to alternative solutions. Instead of dentures, which have to be removed, why not consider dental implants? This is a more permanent solution than dentures or bridges and it also looks more natural. This is because dental implants are added to your jawbone alongside your natural teeth.
Long-Term Benefits of Dental Implants
Why should you consider implants over dentures? Because they are easier to care for and they look and feel much more natural than dentures. You don’t have to remove them from your mouth, you just care for them like you would your natural teeth. Dental Implants last longer than dentures and many patients find them to be more comfortable, because they fit more naturally into your mouth. Because of the natural fit, dental implants also offer less restrictions than dentures, particularly over what foods you can and cannot eat. Dental implants do cost more, but many believe that the freedom offered by dental implants is worth the extra cost.
Also, you should consider the long-term cost. While dental implants cost more at the beginning, there are fewer long-term costs. Dentures require special care and solutions, while dental implants can be cared for like normal teeth. You don’t have to soak your dental implants, you just have to brush them like you do the rest of your teeth. They also last for a very long time, which should be also factored in when you are considering whether dental implants are worth the initial investment. It’s a case of deciding would you rather pay more now and have a lasting product or pay to replace your dentures down the road, as well as pay for the maintenance.
How Does the Process Work?
Some people might be hesitant about dental implants because they think the process is more painful, but that is not true. While there is some pain, your dentist will strive to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. Your jaw will be numbed before the titanium post is placed into the spot your missing tooth used to be and then it will be allowed to heal before the implant, which will be designed to match your existing teeth, is secured. Because the implant is modeled after your existing teeth, it will blend in naturally, creating a more pleasing aesthetic than dentures.
If you are suffering from tooth loss, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Fenton and discuss your options. This involves checking with your insurance to see what options are covering and figuring out your long-term needs and considering whether the initial investment of dental implants makes sense for you.
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