It is no secret that dental implants can be an expensive procedure but you can lower the cost with a good insurance plan and if it does not take many visits to place the implant. Is an implant really worth the thousands of dollars you might spend, or should you just learn to deal with not having one or more teeth? Unless you have already consulted with a periodontist in Dallas, TX, the consequences of either choice might surprise you.
If You Forgo the Implant
Let us first look at what happens if you choose to not get a dental implant. You will have a permanent gap in your teeth, which means you will likely need to adjust how you eat and how you speak. Over time, the gums around the gap will start receding. The unsupported bone around the gap will also eventually deteriorate. The compromised bone and tissue continues to deteriorate even around the remaining teeth, which means they are at risk of falling out as well. This loss of tissue and bone may even lead to jaw pain and headaches.
If You Opt for the Implant
If you do opt for dental implants, Dr. Vikram Gandhi will walk you through the process of embedding a titanium post in the jaw and creating a custom prosthetic tooth to match the rest of your teeth. With skilled placement and proper care, an implant may last a lifetime. The embedment on the post makes it so the implant does not move around. The gums and jaw bone remain supported by the post, and you can still eat your favorite foods and speak with minimal trouble.
Your Smile, Your Choice
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, but if you qualify, the choice is ultimately up to you. Implants have the ability to restore your smile and your confidence after permanently losing a tooth. To learn more about the process and see if you are a qualified candidate, contact Firewheel Dental Implants and Periodontics to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gandhi today.