Dental phobia is one of the biggest fears in our society. In fact, 36% of the population are thought to be afraid of a trip to the dentist.
And when it comes to a tooth replacement treatment such as dental implants that has been the subject of so many horror stories ever since its modern medicine inception back in the 1950’s, it’s no wonder the thought of it breaks you out in nervous sweats.
But dental implant procedures have been taking place for 70 years now and they’ve evolved into a standard procedure that doesn’t need to be feared.
So, to put your mind at ease, we’re going to run you through the benefits of current-day dental implant procedures so you can visit your dentist with confidence and bring that bright smile back!
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the best way to replace a lost tooth or set of teeth. It works by implanting titanium screws into your jawbone and attaching a porcelain crown (fake tooth) to replace the missing tooth.
The whole process usually takes between 3 to 15 months from consultation to the final crown fitting appointment. But in return, you get a new tooth that will last you at least 20-25 years … with proper care it can even last for life!
The most common alternatives to dental implants are dental bridges and dentures. They are much quicker to install, but as we will see later on in this article, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are a better option for you.
Why do people fear getting dental implants?
The thought of having dental surgery is fear-inducing to some people. The very thought of surgery alone is enough to send some people in to panic.
Other people find it difficult to come to terms with the idea of a titanium screw being permanently implanted into their jawbone.
Ultimately, it all comes down to the fear of the unknown. Not knowing how the surgery will go or how it will look.
And in that respect, it’s normal to be scared. But remember, dental implant surgery has come a long way in the last 70 years, and thanks to medical advancement, the procedure is now extremely commonplace in orthodonture.
With the right dentist and proper communication, you can be sure of a smooth, reassuring journey throughout the entire process.
Benefits of getting dental implants
Sometimes, the best way to get over your fear is to focus on the beneficial outcome. And in that spirit, here are some of the best benefits having dental implants will give you.
- Protects your gums for gum disease
When you lose a tooth, your gums become more vulnerable than ever to periodontitis (aka gum disease). That’s because your gums are more exposed to the bacteria in your gum. And if you have an illness such as diabetes that encourages more bacteria build-up in the mouth, this can cause significant problems.
The only way to effectively protect your gums from damage is to replace the missing tooth.
And this is where dental implants beat dentures and dental bridges. Both are prone to leaving gaps between the new tooth and the gums, leaving space for bacteria to gather in hard-to-clean spaces. With dental implants, you won’t have this problem.
- Helps you eat with confidence
Have you seen those old comedy programmes where grandpa’s dentures fall out in the middle of a meal at a restaurant? Awkward! That would never happen with dental implants.
Also, both dentures and dental bridges are hard to chew with, meaning you’ll have to adjust your diet a bit – especially with dentures.
Dental implants, however, act exactly like your natural teeth, so you can go back to eating whatever you want!
- No more cavities
Porcelain crowns are robust, meaning they are difficult to break. And unlike our own teeth, they aren’t affected by acid in the same way, meaning no more cavities, and no more urgent trips to the dentist!
- No need to worry about talking
Many people worry that their speech will be altered by tooth replacement. This usually happens when the replacement is loose (like dentures) and starts moving around in the mouth.
As dental implants are permanent fixtures and individually implanted, there’s no need to worry about them coming loose and making it difficult for you to speak.
- Easy to care for
With dental implants, there are no extra cleaning steps you need to take to look after them. They were designed to look, act, and feel like your own natural teeth.
So as long as you are brushing every day and flossing, like you probably already are anyway, your dental implants will be well looked after.
- Painless procedure
Perhaps the biggest benefit of all, the dental implant procedure is virtually painless. We’re lucky enough to have incredible access to medicine in this country that means during your procedure, you won’t feel a thing!
And with the right aftercare plan, which your dentist will create with you and explain in detail, there is no reason for you to be uncomfortable at any point during your dental implant journey.
And if for whatever reason you experience a little pain during recovery, your dentist will be able to help you find the right solution to stop the pain as fast as possible.
Bring back your smile with confidence
At Smile Stories, we make sure every single one of our patients feels comfortable throughout their dental implant journey by giving the support and information you need.
Dental surgery can be daunting for anyone, but with us, you are in safe hands. Our friendly, personable approach, and inviting dental clinic puts our clients at ease from the moment they step through our doors.
If you’re ready to take the next step, Smile Stories offer dental implants in Bournemouth.