Invest in Your Smile: Are Dental Implants Worth It?

28 Mar Invest in Your Smile: Are Dental Implants Worth It?

Americans spent $4 billion dollars on cosmetic dentistry procedures in 2018. Suffice it to say, Americans like to have nice teeth.

Who wouldn’t?

Now that cosmetic dental procedures are (relatively) inexpensive, they are within the reach of the average person. If you could sculpt a dazzling smile, wouldn’t you do it?

Dental implants are one of the options you can choose if you have a missing tooth (or teeth). They are an excellent choice because they won’t slip around and don’t require anchoring to the surrounding teeth. The downside is that they are more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement.

That leaves you wondering, are dental implants worth it? Let’s delve into the topic and help you decide if they make sense for you.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are metal structures that require surgery to implant into your jawbone. During healing, the implants fuse to the bone. This makes it possible for artificial teeth to feel more real and natural in your mouth.

The implant serves as a base to mount an artificial tooth. The final result is a false tooth with its own metal “root” that you don’t have to worry about falling out of your mouth!

There are two types of implants that the American Dental Association has deemed safe. These are called endosteal and subperiosteal implants.

Endosteal implants involve a dentist performing surgery to embed the implants into the jawbone. The surgeon will wait for the surrounding tissue to heal before attaching a post to the implant with a second surgery. After that, the implant is ready for the dentist to mount the artificial tooth (or teeth).

Subperiosteal implants are similar but involve a metal frame instead. This is useful when you have several teeth in a row that need to be replaced. After implanting the metal frame, the surgeon will go in once again to attach the posts. Then, as with endosteal implants, the structure is ready to accept artificial teeth.

Advantages 

The most obvious advantages of dental implants are comfort and security. Once the healing process is over, you shouldn’t feel your implants. Your metal “roots” should feel just like your real teeth’s roots. 

They Don’t Fall Out

You also don’t have to worry about them shifting around in your mouth or falling out like can happen with dentures.

We’ve all seen in cartoons where somebody laughs too hard and their dentures fall out into their potatoes. It’s funny — until it happens to you. With implants, you don’t have to worry about this.

You Can Eat Without Fear

Speaking of eating, that can be hard to do with dentures. They can slide around as you chew, and don’t even think about trying to eat something sticky!

Implants eliminate this problem. Not only do they look and feel like real teeth, but they also function like them, too!

They Don’t Mess with Your Other Teeth

Implants are also a good option to avoid messing with your other teeth. To attach bridges, it is necessary to grind down the surrounding teeth to create a base for the bridge to attach to. This can lead to problems with otherwise healthy teeth. Implants eliminate this risk as they don’t affect the surrounding teeth.

They Are Convenient

Because of the permanent nature of implants, they are a convenient option. You don’t have to take them out and clean them and you don’t have to struggle with adhesives.

You do have to take good care of them and practice good oral health. But you’re already doing that anyway, right?

Your Confidence Will Shine

A beautiful smile is a big confidence booster. With your missing teeth filled in, you’re going to want to show off your pearly whites. Doing so without worrying about your teeth falling out is a big bonus!

Disadvantages

With all these great advantages, you might be wondering why anyone would ever consider dentures or bridges again. As with all things, there are a few disadvantages as well. 

Cost

The main disadvantage is the relatively high cost. The price tag for implants can easily reach into the thousands. 

What’s more, many dental insurances only cover a small portion. 

However, remember that implants are a permanent solution. Once you have them you won’t have to be refitted for new ones or be buying cleaning solutions and adhesives all the time.

You Have to Be a Good Candidate

Not everyone can get implants. The jawbone needs to be thick enough and the gums healthy enough to sustain the surgery. 

You also need to maintain excellent oral health habits after you get implants. The last thing you want is to develop gum disease or infection.

It’s a Process

Implants require several visits to the dentist. You’ll have to undergo 2 surgeries and leave time in between for the gums to heal. Expect the process to take a few months from start to finish. 

The good news, however, is that once you’re done, you’re done. You now have a permanent solution to your missing teeth problem.

Are Dental Implants Worth It?

So, are dental implants worth it?

All in all, the advantages of dental implants outweigh the disadvantages for most people. Of course, each case will vary and you should go with whatever your dentist recommends for you.

The biggest hurdle most people will have is paying for their implants. But there are plenty of options from payment plans to even taking out a personal loan.

Why not invest in your smile? It’s the only one you’ll ever have.

Contact us today for a consultation and to find out if you are a good candidate. You have nothing to lose but the holes in your smile!

Dr. Daniel Allen

Daniel Allen, DDS has been involved in dentistry since 2003, starting his career as a dental hygienist before completing his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at UT Houston Dental Branch. Dr. Allen is a sixth generation Texan and was raised here in Central Texas. Learn more

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