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Dental Implants and Fear of Dentists | Are They Worth It?

Dental Implants and Fear of Dentists | Are They Worth It?

Expensive and seemingly invasive and painful, dental implants are usually the last option for people that have a fear of the dentist. 

 

If you’ve lost a tooth you may be weighing your options and after seeing the price tag wonder if it is really worth it. Can you go without that tooth? 

 

Well, there are several reasons why you should have that tooth replaced with an implant. Having a missing tooth is not a good idea and it usually has very little to do with what some consider to be plastic surgery. 

 

In this article, I will go over some reasons you should be thinking about getting that tooth replaced and to allay your fears over it being painful or anxiety producing. 

 

Why you should get the dental implant 

 

Instead of thinking about what will happen when you get a dental implant, you should focus on what will happen if you don’t. 

 

Unfortunately, when you lose a tooth as an adult, you begin to lose bone mass in that spot where the tooth was. Later on, you may need a bone graft to firm up the loss if you do ever need to get an implant later. 

 

That may very well be a much bigger anxiety producer than going to the dentist. 

 

You could also be setting yourself up for more frequent dentist visits since your adjacent teeth can become damaged. Without that tooth there, your other teeth will start shifting positions which can create a host of other problems. 

 

With technological advances, getting implants is almost painless thanks to companies like NextGenOMS that are at the forefront of facial and reconstructive surgery. 

 

Advantages of getting a dental implant 

 

Besides what happens when you don’t get the implant, there are some benefits to having that tooth replaced. 

 

  • Improved comfort – Imagine how uncomfortable it is to wear dentures or plates in your mouth. Now imagine how having an implant removes that discomfort. 
  • Improved oral health – Having fake teeth is actually better than a real one since it can’t get cavities which can also spread to other teeth. 
  • Convenience – Instead of taking care of dentures that require lots of care, you will have a tooth that doesn’t have to be removed and cleaned or is ill-fitting.  

 

Reducing anxiety about the dentist 

 

It is perfectly normal to fear to go to the dentist especially for something as seemingly invasive as an implant.  

 

Use these tips to reduce your anxiety so you can get those teeth replaced and back to good dental health. 

 

  • Share your fears with your friends, family or therapist 
  • Choose a low-stress appointment time when you’re less likely to have to rush or find a reason to back out 
  • Wear earphones to listen to a podcast or some uplifting music during the procedure 
  • Do some breathing exercises before and during the procedure to help keep your mind from focusing on your fears 

 

 

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