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What is the right time to take an implant?

Choosing a dental implant can be a difficult decision. A lot of people struggle with the question, “When do I choose an implant?” While the decision depends on your personal circumstances and health, there are some general pointers that can help you make this choice. In this blog, we go over when a dental implant may be a wise choice.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant acts as an artificial replacement for a tooth root and is surgically placed in the jawbone. It is made of a body-friendly material such as titanium, and forms a stable foundation for a crown, bridge or dentures. Implants are a long-term solution for replacing lost teeth and help preserve the structure of the jawbone.

In what cases is a dental implant useful?

Accidental tooth loss

A frequent motive for considering an implant is tooth loss due to an accident, sports injury or fall. Prompt action after tooth loss is crucial, as the jawbone can atrophy or “shrink”, making implantation more difficult.

Tooth decay or gum disease

A dental implant can serve as a solution for tooth loss due to advanced tooth decay or severe gum disease such as periodontitis.

Inability to wear bridges or loose dentures

For individuals in whom conventional bridges or loose dentures are not suitable, due to, for example, lack of stable teeth or discomfort when wearing dentures, an implant may provide relief.

Important considerations for a dental implant

General health

Your health condition plays an important role when choosing an implant. Conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, or smoking habits, can increase the risk of complications. It is important to discuss your medical history and lifestyle with the dentist.

Cost aspect

The cost of dental implants is considerable and is not always fully reimbursed by insurance companies. It is advisable to discuss the financial aspects and reimbursement options with your dentist and insurer before making a final decision regarding dental implant placement.

Final thoughts

A dental implant is an impactful choice that requires due consideration. If you are experiencing tooth loss due to trauma, tooth decay or periodontitis, or if traditional options such as bridges or dentures are not appropriate, an implant may be the appropriate solution. It is always advisable to seek advice from your dentist and healthcare provider to ensure you make an informed decision for your dental health.

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