Dental implants are becoming the treatment of choice for patients with missing teeth. They are now placed with minimal time and discomfort.
Many patients delay needed dental implant treatment because they have the mistaken belief that the procedure is going to be a very painful and prolonged. In fact, most implants are placed with very minimal discomfort, swelling or bleeding afterward. Most patients can carry on their daily activities a few days after the implants are placed.
Also, the expense of implants used to be a reason not to have implants, but we have made it more available to our patients by offering different types of financing and also being able to work with any applicable insurance coverage to keep the cost down.
As technology has developed over the past 10 to 15 years, dental implants have become much more mainstream, and much more acceptable to patients and also to referring dentists. The technological breakthroughs help many patients who have been wearing either complete dentures, or partial dentures or nothing at all to replace their missing teeth. In these cases, the dental implants allow them to have permanent teeth again.
The impact on the patient is very positive. When they smile, they feel much more confident, and they tend to smile more. They are happier and much more secure in everything that they do in their daily lives. From a functional standpoint, dental implant treatment also allows them to eat certain foods that they were unable to eat before. After implant dentistry, they have substantially increased chewing capacity and efficiency.
Overall there is a tremendous degree of satisfaction in these patients. We have been able to take many of these patients from having significant dental problems and given them a new life with a new set of teeth.
Patients who delay dental implant treatment and then finally move forward often comment that they wish that they had done it years earlier.
If you think dental implants may be a good fit for your smile, please do not hesitate to give us a call and make an appointment.
Dr. Leonard Spector