Decisions, Decisions: Do I go for a Dental Implant?

Yes! This is my sincere recommendation to most of our patients. But for many of us health decisions are not that simple. “It’s not that easy”, this is what I get from most of them. Many thoughts can echo in our minds when it comes to dental implants: “surgery for sure is painful”, “my husband will flip over when I show him the fees”, “I can’t be without teeth during the process”, and so on.

Reality is that today’s modern dentistry offers a solution to most of these setbacks. Let’s do some homework here so that in any event you are better informed to make the best decision.

Fact # 1

Dental implant procedures have been around for over forty years. Studies have revealed that dental implants have an almost 95% success rate as compared to other tooth replacement alternatives.

Fact # 2

Dental implants are the only restoration option that preserves and stimulates bone growth. Dental implants provide the stimulation your body needs to produce dense, healthy jawbone material and keep your face looking full and youthful!

Myth #1: I’m too old or not a good candidate for dental implants.

Truth: Age isn’t really a factor. It’s definitely a great feeling to go from a pair of loose dentures to a permanent dental implant. Even patients with diabetes, heart disease and other health issues have been able to successfully get dental implants. And with newer techniques, we’re now able to perform dental implants on those with less-than-ideal bone density.

Myth #2: Dental implants are painful.

Truth: The procedure itself is not painful since it is performed with either general or local anesthesia to completely numb your mouth. Oral and IV sedation can help with the anxiety and discomfort during and after the procedure. Pain should not be a factor in your decision making process.

Myth #3: Dental implants are very expensive.

Truth: We won’t sugar coat it—dental implants will have a more expensive upfront cost than other options for replacing teeth; however, dental implants are actually more cost effective when you consider its overall value. The long-term cost for having an implant versus a bridge is much lower, since a bridge will be replaced every 7 -15 years. Your dental implant will most likely never need to be replaced!

My best advice:  “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Bargain dental implant treatment rarely turns out to be a bargain.  Dental implants are by far the best solution to missing teeth!   If you want a natural-looking and hassle-free smile dental implants is the way to go. If you want to eat virtually anything you want, brush your teeth normally and not be embarrassed with teeth that slip when eating, talking or even laughing, you know the answer. 

By Chechi Restrepo, office Manager at South Miami Family Dental
Originally published at The Florida Villager Magazine