Losing teeth as an adult can be a terrifying experience that disrupts your bite, disfigures your smile, and shakes your overall confidence. What we don’t often talk about, however, is the fear associated with replacing our missing teeth.
For the longest time, dentures were the only option. With improving dental technology, we now have a permanent method for replacing missing teeth that carries a 98 percent success rate.
Dental implants are composed of two main components: the titanium implant, and the crown. The titanium implant is inserted into the jaw bone, given time to fuse with the surrounding tissue in a process known as osseointegration, and then a custom designed crown is attached the the implant. Although the process can sound scary, the procedure has been done hundreds of thousands of times.
If you’re considering dental implants but have heard rumors that are holding you back, this blog is for you.
Recovery is Very Painful
Although many patients do report discomfort after the procedure, they report it to be much less than expected. Because of the use of medication, you will likely experience little to no discomfort during the procedure as well. In fact, many report that the most painful part of the process was the initial tooth extraction rather than the implant.
Depending on your body, and other factors such as smoking, the healing time needed to fully recovery could be between six months to as little as two weeks. Many can even get fully functional dental implants the same day their teeth are removed.
Dental Implants Require a Lot of Work
Some patients mistakenly believe that properly caring for dental implants requires more work. In fact, they are much like your natural teeth. Advanced gum disease is the number one cause of dental implant failure, and because gum disease can be dangerous for the mouth and body, we generally should try to avoid it. The best way to do this is simply brushing and flossing twice a day, using proper technique.
I’m Not a Good Fit
Another common misconception about dental implants is the feeling that you wouldn’t be a good fit. However, this is very difficult to determine without first scheduling an appointment, and speaking with a dentist. Generally, if you are in good health, and are missing teeth you wish to replace, you’re qualified.
Do you want to learn how dental implants can help you? Please call (907) 349-0022 or contact us today for an appointment with an Anchorage implant dentist at Excellence in Dentistry.