Should I Consider Dental Implants?

Before considering any dental treatments , it is crucial to get a professional opinion and weigh the pros and cons. Dental implants are becoming an increasingly common dental treatment option, but that doesn’t mean they’re the right option for everyone.

Continue reading to learn all you need to know about dental implants. This will help you make an informed decision about whether or not dental implants are the right treatment option for you.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium prosthetic teeth roots that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Once the implants are secured to your jawbone, it provides a stable foundation for replacement teeth or dental crowns to be placed into your mouth.

Who is Eligible for Dental Implants?

The people who are most eligible for dental implants include:

  • Missing teeth: People who have missing teeth due to disease, decay or injury.
  • Support: People who need support for bridges or loose dentures.
  • Prevent facial collapse: People who are at risk of suffering from facial collapse (when your face starts sinking in).
  • Infected tooth: If your tooth is infected, it needs to be removed.
  • Prevent jawbone loss: People who are experiencing loss of the jawbone.

Not Eligible for Dental Implants

People who may not be eligible for dental implants include those suffering from:

  • Uncontrolled Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • A weak jawbone
  • Blood disorders
  • Gum disease

Benefits of Dental Implants

The benefits of dental implants include:

  • Improved appearance: Dental implants blend in perfectly with your natural teeth, restoring your smile.
  • Eat your favourite foods: No food is off-limits. Eat hard and sticky foods without worrying about the gap(s) in your teeth.
  • Durable: If taken care of properly, dental implants can last for a lifetime.
  • Restored confidence: You no longer have to worry about hiding your teeth or being self-conscious about the gaps in your mouth.
  • Clear speech: Having missing teeth can cause a lisp and other speech issues, but with dental implants, your speech is greatly improved.

Possible Risks

The possible risks associated with dental implants include:

  • Infection: Infection is always a risk after a surgical procedure and occurs when the wound site isn’t kept clean. Common signs of infection include swelling and pain.
  • Damage to surrounding areas: There is a low risk of dental implants damaging the surrounding areas in your mouth. This can occur when the implant isn’t positioned correctly.
  • Nerve damage: Dental implants can cause some nerve damage if it is inserted too close to the nerves in your jawbone. This can result in tingling, pain and numbness.

Maintenance and Aftercare

After you get your dental implant(s), it is important to maintain them by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and attending frequent dental appointments.

If you experience pain right after your dental implant procedure, take painkillers and eat soft and cold foods. If the pain persists, contact your dentist.

Cost of Dental Implants

Dental implants can be quite pricey (usually thousands of dollars), but they are definitely worth the investment.
Factors that have an impact on the total cost include:

  • The number of implants
  • The type of implant
  • Whether you’re covered by dental insurance or not
  • Requirement of bone graft

So, are dental implants the right treatment choice for you? If you’re still not sure, call Tulip Smile on 02 4872 2186, who will give you all the relevant information you need to make an informed decision.

At Tulip Smile Dental Clinic, we provide the Southern Highlands (NSW) with comprehensive and holistic dental treatments. We take pride in ensuring our patients are comfortable and receive the best possible care. To find out more about our Dental Implant services, please contact us at (02) 4872 2186 or visit our website: