Getting a dental implant is a big decision. In many ways, dental implants are an incredible tool – there are no prosthetic dental procedures that emulate the look and feel of a tooth as well as an implant. That said, dental implants aren’t for everyone and it’s important to ask a few questions before you commit to getting one.
Why Am I Getting This Implant?
You might think this question has an obvious answer: you’re getting an implant because you have a missing tooth. The real question here is: why is that tooth missing? When it’s missing because of blunt force impact, you could be a very good candidate for an implant. On the other hand, if your tooth is missing as a result of underlying oral health problems, you will probably need to solve those issues before you get an implant.
How Healthy Are My Gums?
When you have periodontal disease, you may not be a good candidate for implants. The worse your gum disease is, the less likely it is you’ll be able to get one. What’s more, if your gum line begins to recede while you have the implant, it may cause problems. You need to have an excellent oral health routine to be a good candidate for implants.
How Much Am I Willing to Spend?
Implants are among the highest quality prosthodontics available. A consequence of this is that they’re more expensive than other comparable prosthodontics. You may have to debate between quality and cost; discuss the various alternatives that are available with your dentist.
Do I Grind My Teeth?
People who grind their teeth may not be good candidates for implants. The crown of an implant is made of porcelain, and teeth grinding can break porcelain crowns. While there are some options to help you reduce grinding (like mouth guards), you may have to wait until your grinding is under control before you opt to get an implant.
What Are My Options?
There are a few viable alternatives to implants. You can get a bridge, a partial denture, or full dentures, depending on the number of teeth you’re looking to replace. These alternatives all have a number of pros and cons, and should be discussed at length with your dentist. Fortunately, replacing teeth is something humanity has become pretty good at, so there’s sure to be an option that will suit your needs and your budget.
We offer dental implants Winnipeg patients trust – they trust them because we always do a full evaluation of your oral health before recommending implants. We offer a number of other solutions for missing teeth, as well. Book an appointment with us, and we’ll help you find a solution that is perfect for you.