Dental implants are strong, long lasting, and they don’t look or feel any different from your natural teeth. If you’re considering getting dental implants at Smile On Dental Salon, here are a few things you should know.
Dental Implant Durability
If you’re comparing options when it comes to your oral health, you’re probably wondering how dental implants stack up against other forms of tooth replacement. In short: very well. Bridges and crowns often require the teeth on either side to be filed down, which can lead to tooth decay on either side of the crown or bridgework. Bridges do nothing to preserve bone structure. Some find dentures uncomfortable to wear, and even more uncomfortable at meal times. And each of these will, at some point, need to be replaced.
Dental implants, on the other hand, have a number of advantages. They’re permanent. They preserve bone structure. They’re durable. They also have the advantage of letting you eat what you want and savor it.
Dental Implant Discomfort
If you’ve ever had a tooth pulled, you may be dreading the thought of having implants installed. While we won’t gloss over the fact that there will be discomfort, we would point out that the procedure is different and much less painful. Having a tooth pulled involves moving the tooth around in, and finally out of, the tooth socket. This causes trauma to the surrounding area and is quite painful. The placement of an implant is quicker and much more precise, leading to a shorter recovery period and less pain.
Dental Implant Time
As the technology and procedures used in dental implants have evolved and improved, the process has gotten much faster than it once was. It can be completed quickly and correctly in-office, often in a single day. And as long as you follow post-operative care and pain management instructions, you’ll be feeling like your old self (or better, since you’ll have your new teeth) in no time.
Dental Implants and Your Insurance
One of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants has less to do with medical considerations than financial ones. It’s understandable; they won’t pay for themselves. So how much will insurance cover?
The answer here is complex. Some insurance policies consider implants cosmetic work and cover nothing. Other policies are capped at an annual dollar amount that may cover only a tiny fraction of the cost. As part of your initial implant consultation, we will determine your insurance eligibility and help you explore your payment options.
Your Dental Implant Questions
With our years of experience, Smile On Dental Salon makes dental implants seem easy. We’re aware, however, that our patients don’t bring the same kind of experience to the dentist’s chair that we do, and we understand that you have questions, as well as some probable fears and misconceptions, concerning dental implants. Don’t wonder. Ask. Contact Smile On Dental Salon for a free dental implant consultation!