You may be putting off getting a necessary dental implant for several reasons. Many people suffer from dental phobia. They fear the potential for pain, or the discomfort throughout the process. Others feel they can’t afford the procedure, or they simply don’t have the time to go through the process.
The truth is, the longer you wait the more difficulties may arise. The difficulties aren’t limited to your missing teeth though. Missing teeth can be an emotional and psychological hardship on a person, as well as a functional one. It can be embarrassing to have missing teeth, and that shame can grow and affect various areas of your life, beginning with your self-esteem and confidence.
A healthy set of functional teeth can go a long way towards physical and mental wellness. Confidence in your smile and your ability to eat the foods you desire, aids you in a happier, healthier, and more confident lifestyle.
Potential Problems from Not Getting a Dental Implant
The best time to start getting dental implants is when you have your first tooth (or teeth) extracted. You still have the bone mass where the tooth once sat, and the rest of your teeth are still in their original positions.
This changes quickly however. The bone tissue where your tooth once sat will start to soften and deteriorate, and the rest of your teeth will begin to shift as a result. It becomes more difficult to place the implant as the solid part of the bone begins to soften. It also becomes more difficult to put the implant into the proper position, since your other teeth may begin to shift or move.
It’s Not Too Late for Dental Implants
There are solutions to this however, if you have put off getting your dental implants. Help is here, so don’t continue putting it off. We can do bone grafts to fix the softened part of your jaw, and we can use Invisalign aligners to shift your teeth into the optimal positions for placing implants.
Another reason people put off getting the implants they need is due to fear. They fear the procedure process, the costs of implants, and even the dentist in general. Any surgery, dental surgery especially, can be scary and overwhelming.
I specialize in patients with dental phobia, and I emphasize wholeheartedly with my patients who feel frightened and may need extra attention and explanations about their procedure.
Dental implant surgery has come a long way in recent years, and people may be surprised to learn that same day implant surgery is now an option. This means less time to stress and worry about your procedure.
We also offer sedation dentistry. This means you can go through your procedure feeling relaxed and calm. This can also hastens your healing time, since there will be less stress on your mouth as a result of your relaxation.
If you have been putting off dental implants for any reason, there’s no need to do so any longer. We will work with you financially, emotionally and logistically to get you the implants you need. We offer free consultations, and serve patients all over the greater Bay Area, from San Francisco, the East Bay, San Jose, and the Peninsula. Contact us today and get on the road to a happier, healthier smile.