If you’ve been dealing with missing teeth, 2022 is the time to get them fixed! Whether you’ve experienced tooth loss from gum disease, tooth decay, excessive wear and tear, or even an accident, dentists recommend that missing teeth get replaced as soon as you’re able to. If you’ve been researching your options, you’ve probably come across dental implants. But how do you know what they are, and if they’re right for you? Well, if replacing your teeth is something you want to do this year, you’ve come to the right place. In this article we’re going to tell you the truth about dental implants in 2022 including:
Dental implants are the modern and advanced way to solve the problem of missing teeth. Many people who are dealing with missing teeth have problems chewing and speaking, and feel less confident when they smile. No matter how you lost your teeth, the good news is you can definitely do something about them! Dental implants are designed to look and function just like your natural teeth, and they are considered a stable and permanent solution.
Regardless of how many teeth you have missing, your first step will be a consultation with your dentist. There, they will ensure you’re a candidate for dental implants, and customize a plan to replace your missing tooth or teeth. If dental implants are a good choice for you, you and your dentist develop a plan to replace your teeth. No matter if you’re getting a single tooth, a bridge, or a whole jaw of teeth replaced, the procedure follows a certain timeline. You will show up at the office on the day of the surgery and your dentist will use a local anesthetic or sedation dentistry. Then, they will implant the titanium screw-like structure that will hold everything in place. Afterwards you will need to allow the bone to heal and fuse to the implant. Once this happens, you’ll return to the dentist to place the abutment and the crown (final tooth replacement) on the implant.
Dental implants have many benefits, such as:
If dental implants are starting to sound good to you, it will be helpful to know whether or not you would be a qualifying candidate. You and your dentist will discuss this in detail, but there are a few things you should be aware of if you’re thinking that dental implants might be right for you.
Even if you’re prepared to get dental implants, you may still have some reservations about whether or not they will hurt. After all, your mouth is very sensitive, and the dentist will be drilling into your bone to place the implant. As with any surgery, you can expect that there will be some discomfort at the site of your implant. This can manifest as swelling or pain in the cheek, gums, or under the eyes. Although some pain typically happens after the surgery, this will start to subside as your implants heal and begin to fuse.
If you find that you’re still experiencing pain after 10 days, it may be time to let your dentist know so they can take a look. You can also discuss what options you have to deal with the discomfort with your dentist before having the dental implant surgery.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to your missing teeth, but what can you expect to pay? The answer to this depends on a couple of different variables, including:
Because everyone’s situation is different, we suggest contacting your Aspen Dental dentist to get an estimate. After speaking with them, you’ll have a better idea on the type of investment necessary to meet your needs.
We hope you now know a little more about dental implants, and if you’d be a good fit for them. The first step is to schedule a consultation with your dentist and see if this permanent solution to tooth loss is for you!
*General industry pricing only. See your local Aspen Dental for specific pricing.