The Facts About Dental Implants

Technology for teeth is pretty advanced nowadays. For those who unfortunately lose their pearly whites, dental implants are a great option.

But before taking the path of falsies, we want to outline the process of replacing your teeth with fake ones.


How Do Dental Implants Work?

While totally viable, it’s not as straightforward as just “taking the teeth out and replacing them with implants.” For teeth implant to work, you need a healthy mouth before the implant is put in.

Your natural teeth are like trees, they have the ability to grow, heal and respond to its environment. If we follow the same analogy, a dental implant is more like a fence post – it’s fixed and doesn’t have the ability to grow, heal or respond. Because of this, a dental implant needs a perfect environment built around it so that it can stay in place and function as we would like it to.

If you don’t have a healthy mouth and you get an implant, it can lead to a lot of problems. It can actually leave you worse off than keeping your existing teeth!

Understanding the dental implant process will assist you in having the procedure done properly. The aim is to get you back onto the road of having a happy, healthy smile.


The Facts About Dental Implants

  • Implants are actually 5 times more susceptible to gum infection than normal teeth
  • Smokers are 3 times as likely to have complications with teeth implants
  • Implants require a lot more maintenance than your natural teeth
  • If you’ve lost teeth due to gum infections or loose teeth, these issues are even more likely to continue with the implants.


Costs of Dental Implants

When choosing dental procedures, it’s worth considering not only the cost of the initial treatment but also the ongoing costs of servicing them.

Compared to artificial implants, natural teeth usually require much less maintenance to repair and look after.  If dental implants start failing, they are expensive to fix.  It’s like buying a European luxury car.  It’s not just the initial cost of the car, but also the higher cost of servicing and maintenance compared to the trusty old Toyota.


Benefits of Dental Implants

When done properly, teeth implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth. They’re the closest thing to the natural teeth you were born with.   

However, if you need dental implants, the procedure should be done once you’ve treated and maintained your natural teeth.

And that’s where the dentists at Whitehorse Dental can help you the most. We totally understand the anxiety about visiting the dentist when your teeth aren’t at their best.

We specialise in helping you overcome your dental anxiety and together we can put together a dental health plan to get you on the right track for healthy teeth.


Thinking about getting teeth implants?

We complete many dental implant procedures at Whitehorse Dental. In our experience, we find the best results occur only after patients have gone through rehab of their natural teeth.

We want your existing teeth and gums to be at its best before introducing dental implants, so that the teeth you’ve invested in can last for years to come.

As dental professionals, it is important to us that you are aware of the complexities surrounding the treatment so you can achieve a better result.


Need more information on dental implants? Don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff at Whitehorse Dental in Blackburn.


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