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Getting Dental Implants Is Easier than Ever

Do you have missing teeth, or are you having teeth removed? There’s never been a better time to consider dental implants. Even if you’ve heard that you can’t get dental implants because you’ve had missing teeth for too long, there are still ways to get the beautiful, natural-looking dental implants you’ve always dreamed of. If you’ve heard these common caveats before, don’t despair - there’s still hope. Here’s why:

Implant Placement

Occasionally, patients will say they are afraid to get dental implants because they’re concerned that their implants won’t be placed properly. Maybe they know someone who had implants placed years ago, and that person had implant failure due to poor placement. But today’s implants are easier to place than ever before. That’s because we use advanced technology like CT scans to give us a 360-degree view of the jaw, providing as clear an image of your jaw as possible prior to placing the implant. This gives us the most accurate picture we can get of the mouth and helps us find the most optimal placement for your implant, helping to ensure its success.

Implant Surgery Is Painful

Another common misconception about dental implant surgery is that it’s painful. After all, it’s surgery, right? Believe it or not, dental implant surgery isn’t really as bad as you may believe. That’s because placing a dental implant is actually a very fast surgery, and it can be done under local anesthesia, too. In fact, many people can manage the pain from dental implant surgery with over-the-counter painkillers.

So, what has changed over procedures in years past? The accuracy of placement is a big factor. When you find the optimal place for an implant and get it right the first time, the surgery and healing time are a lot more manageable.

Implants Look 'Fake'

Another misconception people have of dental implants is that they look fake. Today’s implants look more natural than ever, and techniques for installing the implants can make them virtually undetectable. Best of all, they feel like your natural teeth, so you may even forget you have them!

'But I’ve Been Missing Teeth for Too Long ...'

You may have heard that if you’ve been missing teeth for a long time, you’re not a good candidate for dental implants, but this isn’t always the case. This is because when you’ve had missing teeth for a significant period of time, you may experience some bone loss. But believe it or not, this isn’t a deal breaker.

Bone loss can often be corrected with a bone-grafting procedure that will enable the dental implants to be placed after the graft is healed. If there has been some shifting of the teeth due to a missing tooth or teeth, we can also compensate for these shifts with orthodontics. It may take a little longer to get the look you desire, but it will all pay off when you have a healthy, beautiful smile to show off.

Ready to learn more? Make an appointment with Dr. Simpson today by calling 910-550-3959.

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