Dental Implants – A Modern Tooth Loss Solution
Losing a tooth can be traumatic, but are dental implants the right solution for you?
When tooth loss occurs, there are many reasons for seeking a replacement option, not least reasons of aesthetics! Traditionally, of course, dentures have been used for this purpose, but as dental implants become more popular, many patients are stopping to consider if these are a better option for them.
Understandably, patients are concerned to make sure that they make the right choice for themselves. To help with this, our Chelmsford dentists have put together some responses to the most common concerns that people have about dental implants.
The ‘pain’ factor
This is one of the most misunderstood aspects of dental implant placement. Whilst, for a layman, it may seem that drilling a hole into the jawbone for the implant to be placed into may seem extremely painful; in fact, this is not really the case.
There are three reasons for this (aside from the powerful local anaesthetic of course). Firstly, the position is determined from x-rays and scans and enables us not only to position the implant accurately from an aesthetic viewpoint, but to ensure that no nerves are affected. Secondly, the tools we use are specially designed for the purpose and are high speed and efficient. Finally, the truth is that the bone is not particularly sensitive to pain, containing, as it does, relatively few nerves. All of these things combined make the implant placement procedure much less painful than you might have imagined.
Fear of failure
For some patients, going through the procedure, only for the implant to fail, is a major concern but the likelihood of this happening is actually very small. If there are any factors that make you a higher risk than normal, we will of course disclose and discuss these with you before the procedure. For most people though, the success rate of dental implants is extremely high indeed. The most common reason for the few that do fail, is lack of aftercare by the patient. We will, of course, ensure that you are fully informed with all of the information that you need to avoid this.
Unfortunately, the cost of the material of the implants, along with the years of extra training that it takes to be able to place them, means that they are not the cheapest tooth replacement option available. Whilst some patients may be concerned about the price, it should be remembered that there will be a cost involved for dentures or bridges too, so it is really the difference in price which should be considered. Often the ongoing cost of alternative treatments is more than with implants and this also needs to be factored in. Whilst this reduces the financial element; for some patients, it may still represent a significant outlay.
To help patients to spread the cost of payment for dental implants, we offer a range of finance options at Blue Sky Dental in Chelmsford, Essex. These help patients to pay over a period of time at either zero or a low percentage interest rates, depending on the length of time over which you wish to pay.
Hopefully, this blog answers some of the more common concerns about dental implants, but our team is always happy to answer any other questions which you may have. We can be contacted by calling our Chelmsford dental practice on 01245 211070.