Understanding Dental Implants
- Posted on: Jan 15 2017
Tooth replacement may be the farthest thing from your mind when you think about your smile. Ultimately, it should be, because tooth loss is largely something within our control. In the last century alone, we have made great strides in preserving the natural oral structure using routine hygiene as a base. While we have come a long way from more than 50% of the population being toothless, there remains a need for tooth replacement treatment. Many of the patients who visit Ardmore dentist Dr. Lindsey Marshall ask about dental implants.
There are a number of reasons why dental implant treatment is so popular today. This popularity has made it easy to find information about treatment without stepping foot into a dental office. The downside to online research is that you can find more myth than truth. The clear downside to that is the fact that you may preclude yourself from an outstanding treatment option without adequate reason. Let’s dive in to the truth about dental implants.
One of the myths that keeps people in the dark about dental implants is that the course of treatment is too costly. Of course, dental care needs to be budgeted. However, it is not only the initial fees associated with a treatment that are important. The longevity of results is also a vital factor in cost analysis. For instance, the up-front cost of a denture may be lower if dental implants are not included. Looking down the line, though, we see the need for period adjustments to the denture due to changes in the structure of the jaw. Each time the denture needs to be adjusted, a cost is tacked on. Plus, this means that your jaw is continually deteriorating. Dental implants typically do not need to be replaced once they integrate into the jaw. Plus, their presence stimulates bone regeneration, so your jaw structure is preserved.
Another aspect of dental implant treatment that is often misperceived is the nature of surgery. Just the term “oral surgery” immediately makes some people think “pain.” In truth, many of the patients who receive dental implants are comfortably eating normal foods the day after their minor procedure. We promote comfort and peace of mind using local anesthetic and appropriate calming techniques.
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