what to know about dental implants

For many people, the decision to get dental implants may seem daunting. Some may think dental implants are purely cosmetic and costly. For others, the procedure may sound frightening with a long and painful recovery period.

The truth is that dental implants provide much more than a great smile. In fact, dental implants can play an integral role in maintaining oral health. When a tooth is missing, implants can help preserve facial structure and prevent bone deterioration. Also, after the loss of a tooth, adjacent teeth can shift, creating a gap that becomes a potential breeding ground for bacteria.

Cost is another factor when considering dental implants. Although the procedure is usually more expensive than a bridge or a crown, the results are permanent. The implants are actually anchored directly to the jaw bone, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. This means that the implant will not require additional maintenance or replacement.

Finally, for some, the fear factor may be the biggest consideration for dental implants. In reality, dentists use an anesthetic during the procedure and patients experience little to no discomfort. For most patients, over-the-counter medications are effective in managing pain following the procedure. This means that dental implants aren’t nearly as painful as many would expect.  And, having a winning smile doesn’t hurt either.