Do I really need dental implants?
Do I Really Need Dental Implants?
No, you don’t. But considering the negative impact of having an empty space on the health on the rest of your teeth and bones, implants are definitely something that you should feel necessary to have. When we have a lost tooth, the bones in our mouth are at much more risk than the teeth because bones need to maintain their form and density through an equilibrium of pressure from our teeth. And sure we can live without an implant, but overtime the consequences of delaying dental implants are significant and detrimental to the health of the remainder of our teeth.
How Many do I Need?
This mainly depends on your age, health, and how many teeth you’ve lost. For someone that is 40 years old, they may need more implants than someone that is 80 years old and has weaker gums and bones. Dentists that over-charge typically quote more implants than you may need. The best case is getting the least amount of implants needed to ensure the health of your teeth and bones — all while working within a reasonable budget. Speak to a few dentists through secure email, weigh out your options wisely, and choose the doctor and treatment you feel is the best for you!
But They are So Expensive.
Unfortunately, dentists that over-charge have created this stigma around dental implants being very expensive. Not to worry though, not all dentists over-charge. You can weigh your options using Zentist to look more into how much dental implants cost and finding which doctor offers implants that work with your budget. Patients have saved over $10,000 in dental implants cost using this service, which means you can save too.
Will it Hurt?
This is a common fear, and many people avoid getting dental implants because they simply don’t want to undergo the “excruciating” pain and the exhaustive healing process. Believe it or not, getting dental implants can take only 10 minutes and while being sedated, you feel no pain! Once you’ve gotten your implant, the healing process can take a few months, but as long as you take pain medications as needed it is likely that there will be little to no discomfort. The most ideal scenario is getting an implant right after you get a tooth extracted or lose a tooth, and since the gum and bone around that tooth is still strong, the process of getting an implant and the healing process is much smoother and shorter.
What are some of the other reasons you or someone you know feel like dental implants aren’t necessary? We’d love to know!