Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Dental ImplantsThere’s something about hearing the words ‘Dental Implants,’ that strikes fear into the hearts of many dentists’ patients. And to be fair, the description of how a dental implant works—it’s an artificial tooth screwed directly into your jawbone—sounds like it’ll involve a lot of pain.

But the truth is that dental implants save you a lot of pain caused by missing or problematic teeth—problems that can go on for many years if left alone. Moreover, dental implants also help you feel more confident about your smile by replacing missing teeth; and even though they’re artificial, they look like the real thing.

What Happens During the Dental Implant Procedure?

The process begins with the dentist administering local anesthetic to numb the area around the implant. Titanium screws—the same kind used to stabilize mental plates in bone surgery—are then inserted into the jawbone socket under the gum line, which is then sutured and given time to heal over a few months.

At the end of this healing period, by which the implants will have fused with the bone, the dentist uncovers the implants and attaches the abutments, the posts that hold the implant and prosthetic tooth together.

What Makes Dental Implants so Great?

Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Dental ImplantsFor starters, implants can last well after your lifetime, provided that their given the same kind of care as any old regular tooth. And because implants are ‘bolted’ directly into the jawbone, they’re stronger, more stable, and produce less discomfort than traditional dentures. And unlike dentures, which constantly shift in your mouth, implants are easier to clean result in no slippage and slurred speech.

In addition, while implants require a significant initial investment, they ultimately pay for themselves since they’re easier to clean and require no special cleaning solutions associated with dentures.