Losing all your teeth is one of the most common nightmares out there. For many Americans, teeth represent youth, beauty, and overall health, so it’s no wonder why these dreams can enter into our unconscious so often. Regardless of the initial fear of losing teeth, however, replacing them is now much easier.
For a long time, traditional dentures were about the only treatment for tooth loss. With the advent of new dental technology, dental implants can now provide treatment for missing teeth with a 98 percent success rate.
Dental implants can replace missing teeth in two steps. First, the titanium implant is inserted into the jaw bone and given time to heal. Through the process of osseointegration, surrounding bone and tissue fuses with the implant, creating a bond that mimics that of a natural tooth root. When the healing process is complete, the custom-crafted, ceramic crown is attached to the implant.
Even though this procedure can sound scary, it’s much easier than you might think. If you’ve been putting off a dental implants consultation because of rumors, this blog is for you.
Is Recovery Painful?
Pain or discomfort can occur with any medical procedure. However, many patients who have had dental implants reported the pain being much less than expected. Through the use of medication, it is likely you will experience little to no discomfort during the procedure. Many have actually reported the most painful step of the process being the initial extraction rather than the implant itself.
After the procedure, making a full recovery depends on whether you smoke and are in good health. In general, you can expect a full-recovery in six months, though many patients have reported feeling back to normal in as little as two weeks. Usually, pain dissipates within the first week.
Do Dental Implants Require Upkeep?
You live a busy life already and adding extra work for yourself isn’t exactly something you want to do. Luckily, dental implants require no extra work besides a consistent and effective oral health routine. Unlike tradition dentures, the only thing patients need to avoid is gum disease, which can weaken the connection between your gums and implant, much like it can jeopardize normal teeth. To avoid gum disease, simply continue to brush, floss, and see your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Many patients who want dental implants mistakenly believe that they may not be good candidates for the treatment. The truth is that the best way to determine whether you’re a good fit for dental implants is by scheduling an appointment with your dentist, and talking through the procedure. Generally those that are in good health can expect to have a successful dental implant.
Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option for most people, but they’re not right for everyone. To learn whether you are a good dental implant candidate, please call (803) 781-9090 or email Smile Columbia Dentistry today to schedule an appointment with an implant dentist at our Columbia, South Carolina office.