Losing a tooth doesn’t have to be as frightening as you make it out to be. Although very painful and ranking fairly low on the attractive scale, a missing tooth can easily be remedied with a dental implant. Whether you lost a tooth from a fluke accident, due to dental decay, or simply because of something like substance abuse, a dental implant can give you back your natural looking smile in virtually no time.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the procedure in which a dentist like Dr. Leslie H. Sultan will implant a titanium post into your gum, let it heal for a few months, and then place a fake tooth over the top. With the proper amount of healing and care, your dental implant should give you the exact same chewing and speaking capabilities as before.
Are they painful?
Due to the fairly lengthy process involved with getting a dental implant, parts of this procedure are fairly painful. However, during things like the removal of your natural tooth (if needed) and through the implantation of the titanium rod, you will be given a local anesthetic that will numb the entire area, so all you will feel is the pressure being placed on your mouth and the affected area.
Do they last?
Dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. So as long as you care for your implant properly through regular brushing and flossing, and as long as your jaw has had the proper amount of time to heal throughout every step of the process, you can rest assured that your dental implant will last you a lifetime.
Are they expensive?
Depending on your dental coverage and the severity of the affected area, dental implants run an average of $2,000 per implant once the entire process has been completed. Although it might sound like a large sum of money to come up with at first, it will pay off in the long run because you won’t have to worry about the instability of the implant.
If you need a dental implant or if you would simply like to learn more about the process, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan Today.