5 Barriers to Dental Implants – and How to Beat Them
If you’re interested in replacing teeth with implants, you may be worried about the barriers to dental implants – whether it’s cost, your oral health, or other factors. The good news is, there aren’t as many of these as you might think. Plus, they are rarely a total deal breaker that will prevent you from getting implants.
Common barriers to implants include:
- Financial concerns
- Bone loss
- Poor oral health
- Medical history
- Anxiety over the implant procedure
Of course, the best way to know if you’re a good candidate for dental implants is a consultation with Dr. Stephen Williams. Implant consultations are free, so you have nothing to lose! Call (812) 220-0636 today to schedule your consultation at our Bicknell, IN office.
In the meantime, here is our input on some of the most common concerns we hear from potential implant patients. Again, there are few barriers to dental implants you can’t overcome.
Payment Plans Can Make Implants More Affordable
Using implants is more expensive than teeth replacements without implants. However, you may find the benefits of implants are worth it.
For example, you won’t have to worry about dentures that slip, shift, or even become totally dislodged. When Dr. Williams attaches dentures to implants, they won’t go anywhere. Plus, you’ll have no need for adhesive or special cleaning products.
Unlike conventional dentures, implant dentures won’t have to be relined to maintain a good fit. In addition, your health may improve since you’ll be able to eat all kinds of nutritious foods you may have been avoiding, like crunchy fresh vegetables and fruit.
That said, cost can obviously be one of the most significant barriers to dental implants. It shouldn’t rule implants out, though. We are happy to help with payment options, including in-house plans that allow you to pay in installments. We also offer a 5 percent discount on services for senior citizens.
Bone Loss Doesn’t Have to Be a Barrier to Implants
You’ll need a certain degree of bone density to support implants. That can be an issue, especially if it’s been a while since you lost your teeth. Without the stimulation from tooth roots, you lose bone and your jaw shrinks.
Dr. Williams will use our 3-D X-rays to determine whether you have enough bone for implants. If not, you have two options:
- Surgical Procedure to Restore Bone – Dr. Williams can perform a bone graft, a procedure that encourages new bone growth, or a sinus lift, which adds bone in your upper jaw to make room for implants.
- Mini Dental Implants – In some cases, Dr. Williams can use mini dental implants instead of full-size implants to secure your new teeth. Not as much bone is needed for mini implants.
We Can Get Your Mouth in Great Condition for Implants
You want your mouth to be in the best shape possible prior to receiving implants. In particular, your gums need to be healthy. We won’t recommend implants if you have gum disease. But we can treat most cases of gum disease with a two-part deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing and/or applications of antibiotics. If your gums have receded, Dr. Williams can also perform a gum graft procedure.
We Need to Know Your Medical History
Some diseases used to be considered among the common barriers to dental implants. Now, though, research indicates that the risk of implant failure isn’t much higher than average for those who have chronic medical conditions like osteoporosis and diabetes. Since some medications, including certain types of antidepressants, can interfere with successful healing of teeth implants, it’s important to share your complete medical history with Dr. Williams.
You should also let him know if you’ve radiation treatments. Patients who have had radiation used on or near their jaw may have a higher risk for implant failure.
Don’t Let Anxiety Be One of Your Barriers to Dental Implants
We know that anxiety may be a concern for some people considering implants. It really doesn’t need to be, though! Dr. Williams will numb your mouth with local anesthesia prior to an implant procedure. If you’re still nervous or worried about discomfort, you can receive one of our two forms of safe sedation. Either one will keep you relaxed throughout your treatment.
- Laughing Gas – You inhale this fast-acting sedative through a small mask. Its effects don’t linger, so you can drive yourself home after your procedure.
- Oral Medication – You take a prescription pill about an hour before your appointment. You arrive already relaxed, and stay that way. You’ll stay groggy for several hours, so you’ll need a ride home.
Interested in implants? Call us today to schedule a FREE consultation with Dr. Williams.