You may have heard of dental implants, the nearly permanent tooth alternative that also replaces dentures, but you may not be sure you're ready for the upgrade. After all, the procedure can be costly and the surgery to get the implants put in takes some time to heal from.
However, the upgrade to dental implants from your current situation can be entirely worth it, even if you're only missing a few teeth or you're already using a retainer or dentures to solve your dental problems. Your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon to have dental implants put in once they deem your oral health to be optimal for dental implants.
Here are reasons why it's time to go for dental implants as your dental upgrade. You'll appreciate having natural-looking teeth that feel as real and permanent as your other ones.
Your dental implants are designed to last
Unlike dentures and retainers that have false teeth attachments, dental implants are designed to stay in the mouth and not be removed. If you want a more permanent dental solution, then dental implants should be your goal. This is because the dental implants are placed in the jaw bone, then a ceramic tooth cap is placed on top to complete the look. You can eat, drink, chew, speak, and do anything else with your dental implants without worrying about them falling out or otherwise causing you discomfort.
Your dental implants can actually save you money
Once your dental implants are in place, you don't have to worry about having them replaced or upgraded for a long time. They're in your jaw bone, so you don't have to keep getting new ones like you do with dentures every time your mouth or face shape changes. And unlike a retainer, dental implants don't wear down and you can't lose them unless they fall out, which is unlikely.
Your dental insurance provider may assist in paying for dental implants, so your costs can be cheaper than you'd think. Also, you'll spend less time and money on dental appointments to replace your teeth alternatives when you have dental implants, which makes them even more cost-effective.
As long as you continue regular dental appointments and take care of your dental implants, they should last indefinitely. Your oral surgeon can tell you more about dental implants, including how to care for yourself after you have the surgery done. Your dental implants will be matched in color to your natural teeth so they look even more realistic.