If you have a tooth that is dying and you know that an extraction is likely, and you have an appointment with the dentist, you want an implant to be the topic of discussion. If you only have one tooth that has to be extracted and you don't want to worry about upkeep and maintenance, an implant is a better option than a bridge. Here are some of the things to talk with your dentist about, so you can learn more information about an implant and if it will be right for you.
Saving the Tooth
A dentist, like those at A Q Denture Services, will first evaluate the tooth to see if there is a specific reason why it's discolored or infected, or what is causing you to think its dying. If the tooth can be saved, you may want to put the implant off until the tooth can't be repaired. If the dentist thinks they can temporarily resolve the problem but it will return quickly, it's best to move forward with having the tooth removed.
Benefits of Permanent Implantation
There are a lot of benefits associated with permanent implantation. Some of the benefits you will enjoy include:
- A permanent replacement
- Easy to brush and floss around
- Protection of the gum tissue
- Natural look in the mouth
- Durable for eating and drinking
- Can't get cavities
- Doesn't damage other teeth
Your dentist can talk with you about how easy it is to care for an implant because you care for it like a normal tooth. This is a great investment for your oral health and for a lifetime.
Cost of the Implant
Find out what your insurance will cover and what you will have to pay out of pocket with the implant. A bridge will need to be replaced several times in a lifetime, so it's best to remember that the implant should be a one-time investment in the tooth and the surgical process. This means less dental work and fewer costly hours that have to be spent in the dental chair.
These are some of the things that you have to take into consideration when you notice that you have a tooth that is dying, and when you think that the tooth needs to be removed and replaced. Don't waste any time trying temporary solutions that may not last or that may cause other dental problems, and instead take the time to find out if you can get an implant.