A dental implant is a relatively simple treatment where an artificial tooth is put in the mouth to replace a lost, missing or damaged tooth. Typically a dental implant can last for a lifetime as a permanent replacement for the missing tooth. Implants are often confused with a dental bridge or denture, which are more complicated procedures and require frequent maintenance or even replacement. The benefits of getting a dental implant far outweigh its cost. For example, dental implants make chewing and eating much easier. They give your face back the full look it had before you lost any teeth. Most of all, dental implants can give a natural-looking confident smile!
Losing a tooth can be a traumatic event in anyone's life, whether due to a medical condition or an injury. Depending on its location, the missing tooth can affect a persons' look and lifestyle. Some effects are:
The good news is that you do not have to live with tooth loss. Getting a dental implant puts an artificial tooth in the place of the missing tooth is definitely an effective treatment to bring your smile back.
Other options include a dental bridge or a denture if you have multiple teeth missing. In general, dental implants offer the most natural look of all the options. Also the surrounding teeth are left unaffected by the dental implant, since the artificial tooth is put directly where the missing tooth was. Most patients are eligible for dental implants unless there has been extensive bone loss. In these cases the dentist will show you the dental bridge and denture options.
Costs: Are dental implants expensive? Yes and no. The artificial tooth itself costs money and so does the implant procedure, but it is a long term investment in your health and you are worth it. The consequences of untreated tooth loss are much more costly than any professional treatment. There is the risk to your health, not to mention the cost of getting a dental bridge or dentures later to replace more than one missing tooth. So when taken in that context, it is relatively inexpensive. Still, the best advice is professional advice.
Health Factors: Many people lose confidence in their smile after they lose a tooth. Unfortunately, this often leads to people ignoring their dental hygiene once they have lost a tooth. Though you cannot bring that tooth back, it's never too late to bring your smile back by having the dentist implant an artificial tooth. This will also motivate you to take better care of your remaining teeth. Scientific research suggests that the side effects of tooth loss can be detrimental to our overall health. A recent study by Case Western Reserve University showed that tooth loss as a result of an infection in the mouth can lead to kidney disease. This certainly stresses the importance of taking care of our teeth.
If you are thinking about getting a dental implant because of a missing tooth, it's a step in the right direction. A Dalhousie University study showed that aggressively treating gum disease improved the study participants' chances of keeping their remaining teeth. Therefore choosing a top quality dentist is important to make and keep your smile beautiful.
At our office, you can get a dental implant as well as preventive care to minimize future teeth loss. The first step in the procedure is a consultation to understand your current dental health and the problems you face due to missing teeth. Call now for an appointment. You will receive detailed information on various options, to weigh their costs and benefits. Remember that dental implants can not only restore function, but confidence as well.