If you have ever been told you might need a dental implant, then you are probably no stranger to the dentist’s office. Dental implants are necessary when something serious has happened to your teeth or tooth. Whether your tooth was knocked out unexpectedly or you have a long history of tooth issues, getting a dental implant is something you want to put a lot of thought into before you do it.
Here are a few things you should know about dental implants:
- It can sometimes be a long process before you get one. Getting a dental implant is a surgical procedure and there are requirements to meet before the surgery can happen. For example, you must have healthy gums and bone. You must have good bone where the implant with be placed, so it will last for many years to come. In some cases, other oral surgeries are necessary to get the bone you need.
- Dental implants are not an option for everyone. Even after bone grafts and tissue graphs, you might not be a candidate for dental implants. Be sure to have an in-depth conversation about the health of your mouth before you start the process with a periodontist. It can be an expensive option, so make sure you know all of the pros and cons.
- They last forever! Dental implants are surgically implanted into your gums and bone. They are highly effective – when you are a candidate for the procedure. They look natural and offer pleasing results. Dental implants are a wonderful option for many people who need replacement teeth.
- Dental implants can be more expensive than alternative options like bridges or dentures. Talk with your dental insurance company to see if they cover any of these procedures. Be sure to find out what it will cost you out of pocket for each step in the process of getting dental implants.
- Comfort is a factor. Some individuals are not candidates for bridges or dentures due to sore spots in the mouth or other conditions. Dental implants might be the only option for them to have a comfortable mouth. Having a dental implant is also more comfortable for some people while eating certain foods.
- Seek orthodontic care before getting your implant. We recommend that you move all of your other teeth exactly where you want them before you get the implant. Preexisting dental implants cannot move with braces. So make sure it is exactly where you want it when they implant it into your mouth. If you think there is a possibility of wanting straighter teeth in your future, and you also have a need for a dental implant, visit with us before taking that leap.
Dental implants are a great option for many people. Talk with the experts to find out exactly what is ideal for your particular case. Helping you achieve the smile you have always wanted is important to us. If you have any questions about straightening your teeth before getting any dental work done, please give us a call. We would love to chat with you about your orthodontic needs.