Dental implants are a solid choice for patients who are missing one or more teeth, but there are many considerations that you will want to keep in mind as you decide if they are right for you. Some of these considerations are the life long benefits of implants, and how they can improve a patient’s quality of life.
- Health benefits. Dental implants have the immediate benefit of protecting your gums and neighboring teeth from having to compensate for any teeth that are missing in your bite. When teeth aren’t there, the mouth will move to compensate for their absence by chewing foods at improper angles. In addtion, your gums may be exposed to friction along their surface by food, which can lead to scrapes and infections, further damaging your oral health. Implants replace those valuable teeth, and keep your bite healthy.
- Confidence benefits. It’s no secret that missing teeth can have a significant impact on how you feel every time that you talk, smile, or even eat in public. As a matter of your confidence and your social life, it’s important to feel at your best, and dental implants can often restore the self esteem that patients may have. Even being able to smile and talk freely without being conscious about your teeth is a huge benefit.
- Cost benefits. Over time, missing teeth often lead to more dental concerns, which in turn can lead to medical or dental procedure costs. Although the price of dental implants may seem high up front for some patients, in the long term, having a setting for an implant is a solid investment. If the actual visible tooth itself ever needs to be replaced, it would only be a matter of fabricating and fitting a new crown.
If you’re still not sure about dental implants, call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bonbright. We’ll tell you more about the entire procedure, expected recovery times, and even exciting new options for implant placement that could speed up your healing process and get you back to feeling great about your smile.