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7 Factors to Consider Before Getting Dental Implants

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Did you know that 75% of children and almost 100% of adults around the world suffer from tooth decay? Getting dental implants is a great option to replace missing and decaying teeth. 

Don’t fret if you’re not sure about getting them. We’ve got a list to help you understand what makes them the ideal solution. 

Continue reading for 7 factors you need to consider before getting dental implants:

Consider the Costs 

Getting dental implants can range from $800 to $6000 per tooth. You should check if you have dental insurance covering the costs of your dental implants. It should also cover your payment plans or cash discounts. 

Learn the Procedure

The surgery starts with the removal of your damaged teeth. If needed, the doctor will begin preparing for jawbone grafting. The doctors will take a small bit of bone and place it into your jawbone. 

The doctor puts dental implants depending on what type of implant matches your teeth. You will have to wait for a few months for bone growth and healing. Meet your doctor or dentist for check-ups and possible artificial tooth placement. 

Check the Doctor’s Experience 

Always consider the experience of the dentist to gauge their capacity to perform. Check the internet or ask your friends and family for referrals and their reviews. Once you have found a dentist, consider asking the questions below:

What is their level of training? The surgeons must have completed training and in-hospital experience before gaining a license.

How many implants operations have they done for the past few years? 

Most dental practitioners are not experts and aren’t used to giving dental implant operations. Oral surgeons are the best choice since they often have a high number of operations. 

What is their success rate? Find a doctor that has a high rate of success. Ask or find reviews online about the doctor to ensure that he or she is not lying. 

How long will the operation take? The operation shouldn’t take less than 1 hour or more than 2 hours. 

Do you even qualify for dental implants? This is where you can check if you have healthy bones and no problems in your health. The doctors will schedule a consultation where you will take an examination and discuss your medical history. 

Most dentists and doctors will claim that they are the best, you need to make sure they have experience and knowledge about dental implants. You can also check their educational background and awards. Don’t forget that the doctor should also make you feel comfortable. 

Know the Pros and Cons

Like most surgeries, getting dental implants can lead to health problems. The risks are rare, but they can be easily treated or heal on their own. Talk to your dentist if the symptoms continue to persist. 

Infections are the most common risk that can occur if your doctor does not follow proper cleaning procedures. Other reasons could be failing oral hygiene, misalignment, or an allergic reaction to the material.

Sometimes implants in the upper jaw can poke into the sinus cavity and cause sinusitis. Your nerves can get damaged by the anesthetic needle or implant drills which causes constant bleeding. Swelling, bruising, and minor bleeding are common symptoms after the surgery.

Although after all the cons, the implants are a long-term fix that can last for 25 years. The implants will feel and look like real teeth which means you can eat and talk normally. As time goes on you even strengthen your jaw bone. 

Pick the Right Type

There are only three common types or techniques for getting dental implants. These are the endosteal, subperiosteal, and zygomatic techniques. 

The endosteal method involves your jaw bone and is the safest method. The implants will have placeholder posts in a screw-like shape. This procedure takes the longest to heal, taking 4 to 6 months. 

Subperiosteal implants rest on top of your bone and under your gums. A metal frame will go under the gum with a post and false teeth attached to it. The healing process usually takes around 1 to 3 months. 

Zygomatic is the most complicated procedure but is the best alternative. The implant will be set on your cheekbones rather than on your bone or gums. This type of implant heals after 2 to 4 months and can last for up to 12 years.

Have Enough Bone 

Your jaw bone acts as the foundation of dental implants. The implants need something to latch on and the jaw bone is the perfect place. The problem is, once you lose a tooth, your jaw bone starts to shrink. 

The longer you have been missing a tooth, the more the bone will have shrunk. Your jaw bone collapses in since it has lost its purpose for being there. Get an x-ray to check if your jaw bone is healthy and stable. 

Another option is getting 3D imaging where your dentist can tell you which course of action is best for you. One of the most common methods to restore your jawbone is bone augmentation. It contains a variety of procedures including bone grafting, sinus lifts, and manipulation of your bone. 

Improve Dental Health

Before getting dental implants, consider improving your oral health issues. The better your oral health, the higher the chances of getting a successful dental implant. Talk to your dentist about medications you may need before and after the surgery.

You need to start flossing and brushing daily to prevent destroying your other teeth. It also helps prevent gum diseases, cavities, and implant failure. One of the biggest reasons for implant failure is smoking. 

The mouth of a smoker takes longer to heal or never heals at all. Stop smoking for at least 3 months before the surgery. Give up smoking once you have the dental implants to avoid getting more infections. 

Consider Getting Dental Implants Now!

Before and after getting dental implants, be sure to prevent oral health issues and visit your dentist every once in a while. Getting an implant could improve your life significantly so take the time needed to study and assess it.

When ready, we’re here to help.  If you’re planning on getting dental implants, send us a message and we can schedule a meeting. 

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