Dental implants explained by Acadia Dental & DenturesYou may face a decision soon about whether to replace a lost tooth with a dental implant. It’s not a decision to be entered into lightly. Being prepared is paramount.

Here are five questions that you should ask. Of course don’t constrain yourself to just these if you have more. These can get the conversation rolling in the right direction, though.

How will I benefit from this?

You will regain confidence knowing that your smile like natural again. There won’t be a gap in your mouth that you are self-conscious about. That can be quite invaluable in many facets of your life, from work to personal relationships.

What will happen if I don’t do anything?

The gap in your mouth is not going to stay like that. Teeth shift to make up for the lost space. It can cause significant bite problems over time. Plus your cheeks will sink in since there is nothing preventing them from doing that.

Why should I get these and not dentures?

The best part of dental implants is that once the tooth is put in, they function as a regular tooth. That means that you can eat and drink like you did in the past. You also brush your teeth like normal. Dentures are removed daily and need soaking overnight. Dental implants are permanent and much more durable than dentures.

How expensive are they?

Despite dental implants getting more and more popular, dental insurance companies have not caught up with their payment plans. Many do not cover it, so it can cost up to $10,000. That may seem hefty, but these can last up to 25 years, so it’s important to take a big picture approach. Dentures may be less expensive up front but they need to be replaced every seven years or so and need more repair work. Dental implants prove their value over the course of time.

How much experience do you have with implants?

Many times patients find themselves deferring to the dentist like they do with a doctor. They are the ones who went to dental school, right? This is not the time to be too deferential – it’s major surgery that’s initially time-consuming. You want to make sure that it’s done right by a board-certified dentist with a lot of dental implants under their belts.

Sometimes a dentist will make the decision easier by directing you to a specialist, but it’s always good to do research. A good confident dentist won’t be offended by your asking this, they know that you are looking out for yourself since this is a long-term investment. 

The staff at Acadia Dental & Dentures are quite experienced with dental implants. They will gladly guide you through the process. To get started, either call them at their Hagerstown location at 301-797-2538 or their Frederick one at 301-662-1760.