Have you lost one or more teeth? This can cause difficulty with speaking, eating and general oral health. You may also feel self-conscious and avoid smiling or even decrease social interaction.

Options may include partial or complete dentures or dental implants. Each person’s unique situation makes some choices better than others. You must determine, are dental implants worth it?

Continue reading this article to learn more about dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. They provide a stable, natural-looking replacement. All procedures are completed with anaesthesia and may require more than one visit to your dentist.

Endosteal Implants

At Shields Dental, we specialise in Endosteal Implants.  Endosteal Implants involve the placement of a screw in the jawbone. You then wait about 3 to 6 months for new bone to grow and bond to the screw. A permanent crown is placed once the bone has healed.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

The perfect candidate for dental implants has good general and oral health. It’s best if you have healthy gums without any periodontal disease. You must also have sufficient bone density in your jaw to hold the implant.

If your bone tissue is inadequate, you may need a bone graft or sinus lift  before beginning the implant process. As with all invasive procedures, there is a risk for infection. A very small number of patients experience mechanical fractures and loosening of screws.

Care for Dental Implants

Your dentist will give you care instructions at each phase of the process. Frequent checkups provide an opportunity for the dentist to monitor the healing process.

In general, practice good oral hygiene. Brush and clean between your teeth twice a day. Avoid food or drinks that stain your teeth and drink plenty of water.

Are Dental Implants Worth It?

There are many factors to consider when choosing implants vs. dentures. Dentures replace your teeth and are ready for use when your gums are healed after extractions. Dentures offer protection for your gums but require routine care and will involve more significant cost than for dentures.

Dental implants mimic natural teeth and are more permanent. They have a high rate of success and often improve oral health and patient satisfaction.

Individuals must weigh the risks, benefits and cost of tooth replacement options. Then decide which choice is right for you.

Are You Considering Dental Implants?

With today’s increased technology, patients have several choices for replacing lost teeth. This article has discussed dental implants. Increasing your knowledge of the options can help you decide if dental implants are worth it.

Shields Dental & Implant Clinic Limerick have a tradition of excellence in care. While providing state-of-the-art technology, we never lose sight of the importance of human warmth. Contact our office today for a free dental implant consultation.