Are Dental Implants Right For You?

Dental implants are a significant, but worthy investment in your dental health. They provide an actual replacement for teeth lost to decay or injury. Also a good option for patients who never developed some of their permanent teeth, dental implants are an ideal solution for preventing bone loss and the shifting of other teeth, which can be caused by the gap left by a missing tooth.

In the past, options for dealing with tooth loss have been limited to dentures, partials or bridges. Today, dental implants are a preferred option that is designed to be permanent. Once placed, dental implants are fitted with a synthetic tooth, which replaces the missing teeth. While dental implants can be more costly, they can be preferable to bridges because they do not affect neighboring teeth, are not susceptible to decay, and will not need root canal therapy.

When considering dental implants, it’s important to consider some questions:

How long will dental implant last?
Dental implants are designed to be a permanent solution to missing teeth and will look, feel, and perform like real teeth. Proper care and regular dental check-ups should allow your dental implants to last a lifetime.

How long does it take to get dental implants?
The dental implants procedure can be finished in three to five visits over the space of about three to six months.

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How much discomfort is involved with getting dental implants? Is sedation an option?
Since the dental implant process is a surgery there can be some pain involved, but sedation dentistry makes it is very manageable. In most cases, local anesthesia along with oral or I.V. sedation are given to eliminate any discomfort during any phase of the implant process. Medications are also prescribed to ease any possible discomfort that may occur after the procedure.

Are there different options for dental implants?
Dental implants are available in two basic varieties– standard implants and mini dental implants. Each type has advantages and can be good options, depending on the needs of the patient. Both standard and mini dental implants can be used to resolve cosmetic and medical issues.

Weninger Dentistry is skilled and experienced in both sedation and implant dentistry. We are certified in a number of sedation options, to offer you the option which will provide the ideal level of comfort during your implant procedure. If you think dental implants may be right for you, schedule an appointment with us to learn more. We look forward to being your dental health partner!