Setting the Record Straight about Dental Implants


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Tooth loss is a prevalent problem that can rob the adult patient from their highest level of confidence. Whatever the reason, be it gum disease, severe infection, or a direct injury, tooth loss carries some pretty hefty consequences. Historically, it has been the dental bridge that has resolved the issue of a missing tooth. This treatment can, in fact, give you back the appearance of a healthy, whole smile. But there is a new way, and it is worth considering.

What you need to know about Dental Implants
Because implant dentistry is still considered an innovation to modern dentistry (it’s not), there are several misperceptions that need to be cleared up.

  1. Dental implants are too expensive. We understand that it is important to assess the overall cost of dental care. This is not what most people do. What they do is look at the up-front cost. This is not the same thing as overall cost! When missing teeth are replaced with a bridge or denture, those fixtures need to be replaced every so often. A bridge only lasts about 10 to 15 years in most cases. Dentures are adjusted every few years because, without roots, the jawbone structure changes. Implants replace roots. They sit within the jawbone. They can last a lifetime. THAT is cost-effective.
  2. Dental implant treatment is painful. Yes, implant treatment requires a minor oral surgery. That does not indicate complexity, high risk, or pain. Just like when we fill cavities or perform root canal therapy, we commence the dental implant procedure with local anesthetic. Additionally, patients of Royal Dental can enhance the comfort of their procedure by easing stress with dental sedation. As far as post-op pain, many people are back to their normal routine the day after their implants have been inserted.
  3. The results of care will look fake. It used to be that you could tell if a person was wearing dentures, and even if a person had a dental crown! Because there are beautiful new dental materials available today, we are able to restore the highest level of functional comfort right along with natural beauty. Visible teeth can be restored with porcelain crowns, which closely resemble enamel.

You may think you know what is possible with a bridge or denture, but chances are you would love the overall comfort and confidence that is achieved only with implants. Our experienced team does perform bridgework if that is your preference or if that is best suited to your needs. However, exploring the option of implants is certainly worth the time.

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