The Truth About Dental Implants in 2023

Got questions about dental implants? Want to know the truth? Check out our 2022 guide!

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:

  • What dental implants are
  • Who qualifies for dental implants
  • Whether or not dental implants hurt
  • How much dental implants cost
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What are dental implants?

Learn about the basics about what dental implants are

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:

  • They’re stable and permanent
  • Can prevent bone loss in your jaw
  • Give you back your bite and chewing ability
  • Are cleaned just like your natural teeth
  • Prevent other teeth from sliding and becoming misaligned
  • Can restore your confidence and quality of life
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Who gets dental implants?

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How do you know if you qualify for dental implants?

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.

  • You are healthy enough for surgery. Since the dental implants will be placed directly into the bone, you will need to be sure you’re able to have this type of surgery. Things that could preclude you from undergoing dental implant surgery could be diabetes, a suppressed immune system, taking blood thinners, or having a condition that could prevent your bone from healing and fusing properly with the implant.
  • You have the right amount of bone mass. Your dentist will take x-rays and do scans of your jaw to ensure that you have the amount of bone necessary to anchor the implants. If you do not, you may still be able to get dental implants by first undergoing bone graft surgery.
  • You have good oral health. Your overall oral health is important to ensure the fusing of the implant into your bone. If you have other dental issues, there is a higher likelihood of the implant failing. You should also not be a smoker if you would like to qualify for dental implants.
  • You are able to invest the time. Depending on your unique situation, getting dental implants can be a process. You’ll need to make sure you’re prepared to invest the time into patiently waiting for the implant to heal, as well as shoulder the necessary financial expenses. 

Can dental implants hurt?

Will dental implant surgery be painful?

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.  

How much of an investment are dental implants?

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What can you expect to invest in dental implants in 2022?

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:

  • How many implants you’re getting
  • Where you’re having the surgery done
  • The level of expertise of your dentist

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.

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