Many people cringe at the idea of getting dental implants. In the first place, it's difficult to envision losing a tooth even for a short period of time and putting in a replacement. It's also hard to lose a part of you that you've had since you were a child. Finally, it may be a challenge to grasp the idea of inserting an artificial tooth into your gums.
But your issue with getting dental implants is probably all in your mind. Once you get over those initial jitters, you open yourself to the many benefits that they offer you in terms of an improved smile, dental health, self-esteem and lifestyle.
They Last a Long Time
One of the benefits of dental implants is that they are durable and long-lasting. In some cases, a dental implant may last longer than a patient's original tooth. A skilled dentist will install the implant securely so that you do not have to worry about it loosening or falling out. With the proper treatment, good dental hygiene and regular visits to your dentist, they can last a lifetime.
How many years have you suffered with a painful tooth? Maybe it's sensitive to cold or heat or maybe it's crooked and pushing up against your other teeth. Maybe the nerves are exposed and the pain is just too much to bear. When you replace the offending tooth with a dental implant, the pain and any previous dental health issues related to the tooth are a distant memory -- it's like having a fresh start in your mouth.
If a patient must have one or more teeth extracted, he may be embarrassed by his smile. With dentures, he may have the added embarrassment of having to remove his false teeth for cleaning, sleeping or other activities. A patient's worst nightmare is having his dentures fall out in the middle of a public activity.
With dental implants you do not have those worries -- these are your teeth and they do not have to be removed at all. No one ever even has to know you have implants (unless you tell them).
Once you get over your initial reservations about dental implants, you'll realize the many benefits they offer. Consult your dentist and ask plenty of questions. Educate yourself more about this dental procedure so that you become even more comfortable with the process before setting your first appointment.