If you have one or more teeth missing, dental implants are a great option for restoring the full functionality of your mouth. However, when someone starts talking to you about dental implants, there are a lot of questions swirling around your head. The following discusses common questions when thinking about dental implants in Bethlehem, PA.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that replaces and acts as the root of your tooth. They are inserted into your jaw bone and, after they are inserted and have time to heal, a natural-looking crown is attached, replacing your missing teeth. Sometimes, the inserted posts take months to fuse to your jawbone and heal before a crown can be added. Other times, you can have crowns placed the very same day as your titanium posts. It all depends on your circumstances.
Is the Procedure Painful?
Many people who undergo dental implant surgery find that it is almost pain-free and what pain they do feel is tolerable. If you experience post-surgical discomfort, over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen can be used to manage your discomfort. And just like when you get your wisdom teeth removed, cold compresses can help with swelling during the healing process.
Are they Expensive?
Dental implants can cost more than other tooth replacement options like bridges and dentures, however, dental implants last much longer and don’t have to be replaced over time which can save you money down the road. If you view dental implants as an investment in your well-being, comfort, and oral health, they provide the most cost-efficient solution.
How Do I Care for Them?
Dental implants today are of high quality so they require the same care as your natural teeth: daily flossing and brushing, as well as regular dental check-ups and cleanings. Although your dental implants will never decay, the surrounding gum tissue can become infected or inflamed if you don’t properly take care of your implants.
Am I a Candidate?
Most people with missing teeth are good candidates for dental implants, however, you will need to have a full oral examination before you will be eligible for dental implants. Connect with Advanced Prosthodontics today at (610) 865-4222 to schedule your consultation and see if dental implants are right for you.