Do you currently have one or more missing teeth? If so, you have probably considered your various tooth replacement options in detail. You may have even considered dental implants, then dismissed the idea because the placement process sounded too invasive. Many patients are aware of the long-term benefits of choosing implants for their tooth replacement needs, but some put off treatment because of anxiety.
The great news is that dental implants aren’t nearly as scary as they seem. Don’t believe it? Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t be too afraid to attend a dental implant consultation with your dentist.
Dental implant placement comes with minimal pain because the entire area is thoroughly numbed beforehand. Patients with dental anxiety may be offered the option of sedation to minimize their discomfort and help them feel more relaxed.
In addition to minimal operative pain, implants are associated with minimal post-operative pain as well. Any discomfort after surgery can often be easily managed with prescription medications or over-the-counter pain killers.
It is important to note that the placement process is done in stages. This includes the initial post-placement stage and the crown placement stage that occurs once the treatment area has healed around the post. However, when dental implants are properly placed by an experienced dentist, they can last 20 years or longer. This means you won’t need to worry about replacing them every few years, as is common with other tooth replacement options.
If you are currently missing one or more teeth, it is probably uncomfortable for you to eat certain foods. Some foods may even cause pain when you eat them. Once you replace empty tooth sockets with implants, your dental function will be restored and you will be able to comfortably eat a wide variety of foods.
Dr. Mason Miner is a respected dentist who is highly experienced in precise dental implant placement. To learn more about the procedure or to schedule your consultation, call Dr. Miner today.