Ever wonder why you're seeing more advertisements for dental implants? On TV, in magazines, and on highway billboards, it's hard to miss all the publicity these dental restorations have been getting lately. There's a good reason for all the excitement - dental implants have gained a deserving reputation for being the longest-lasting and most attractive way to replace missing permanent teeth. Dr. Brandon Berguin, Dr. Kira Funderburk, and Dr. William Berguin of Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO, are here to explain more about dental implants and answer some questions they commonly hear from patients who are considering them.
How long do dental implants last?
With proper care, your dental implants can last several decades or as long as a lifetime. While they can't decay, the bone and gum tissue around them needs to be healthy in order to support them. Brushing and flossing each day and taking time to visit your Grand Junction dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup are all that's needed to keep your dental implants stable and looking great for many years to come.
Are dental implants expensive?
It may seem at first that dental implants are more costly than other restorations. However, when considering the permanence of dental implants versus the cost of routine adjustments, maintenance, and replacements on bridges, crowns, and dentures, dental implants from your Grand Junction dentist make good financial sense. They are, simply put, an investment in the future of your dental health. Financing is available through a third party for those who qualify. Some insurance companies offer partial coverage on dental implants; our office staff can work with you to determine your options.
Do dental implants hurt?
For most patients, the amount of time and anesthesia needed to place a dental implant post is on par with getting a cavity filled. Your Grand Junction dentist will make sure that the placement site is thoroughly numb before beginning the procedure. Typically, all that's needed afterwards is a mild analgesic, such as ibuprofen, to offset any discomfort. Downtime and restrictions are not usually necessary because the placement site is filled in with the post and doesn't leave an open wound to maintain.
To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, contact Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO, to make an appointment with one of our dental team members.