A good dentist takes pride in their work and in particular the level of patient care they provide. This expected level of service should also include the ever-popular treatment; dental implants. What benefits will you see from dental implants? What does the treatment involve? Should you be scared of the idea of surgery? Let’s find out!
What is a dental implant?
It’s a good question, perhaps you’ve heard of dental implants before, but never made a connection to your own situation. When it comes to this procedure you shouldn’t expect anyone other than your dentist to be the expert. Your dentist will be happy to guide you through the whole process from start to finish during a one to one consultation. You will then have confidence knowing that you are in good hands. During your conversation, you will be able to determine exactly what treatment you require. A reliable dentist will be able to provide a host of treatments that will match your individual needs, from single tooth implants to the all-on-four treatment which provides you with a full mouth of new teeth on just four anchor points. That being said, in short, dental implants are anchor points secured into the jawbone or cheekbone. Your replacement tooth or set of teeth then fix into these anchor points to ensure a newfound smile is firmly in position.
What life benefits can you expect to see?
What do you get from a treatment like dental implants? Just take a look at some of the major benefits that come from addressing your needs.
If you ignore missing teeth then you risk a receding jaw that leads to sunken features and misshapen jawline. Implants can restore a more youthful appearance.
You don’t have to be as picky! The foods you choose will no longer be determined by the dentures, lack of teeth or level of comfort you experience while eating. Of course in the interest of your dental health, we still recommend a healthy and balanced diet!
A permanent solution. The aim of such implants is to replicate normal teeth as closely as possible, you can smile confidently with this long-lasting natural-looking treatment.
It can be a fast solution. With certain treatments, you could even walk out on the same day with a functional, attractive new smile.
What to consider?
There are some things worth considering when thinking about these treatments, however during a personal consultation with your dentist you will be able to discuss all aspects of your treatment, including the exact process and aftercare to expect with your new teeth. Your dentist will, of course, gauge your suitability for a procedure like this. This could include checking for gum disease, noting if you are a smoker or have uncontrolled type two diabetes. You may be asked to address these areas in advance of your treatment to give your new implants the very best chance to be successful and allow your mouth to heal.
You may still be left with questions or concerns about your choice of treatment, but the very best thing we can advise is to contact your dentist for a consultation, where they can fully address any of your thoughts and needs.
Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.