Dental Implants – A Personal Tale

When most people think of dental implants, images of large needles and other dental tools swarm the mind, as we imagine the worst things that can happen. It’s human nature, unfortunately.

I was no different to this, when nine years ago, I had an accident which resulted in the removal of three of my front teeth. I was concerned that my looks were to be tarnished forever. I imagined myself going into work the next day, sporting Grandma-like dentures. A sure way of keeping the girls at bay, as if they were knocking my door down!

I spoke to my dental surgeon about the possibilities I had in going forward. His first recommendation was dental implants, and they turned out to be the best thing that has ever happened to me both physically and mentally.

Under heavy local anaesthetic, titanium screws were drilled into the upper gum area. The reason that titanium is used is because its biocompatible material is accepted by the body, and it serves as a strong and sturdy structure for the replacement teeth. Your natural bone then locks the implant into place by fusing, or attaching itself, to the implant.

Mounted upon these titanium screws are porcelain structures, perfectly resembling teeth. I was told that the implants would last anywhere up to twenty years. In the nine years i have had them there has been zero deterioration, under the close scrutiny of regular check-ups.

They have given me an entire new level of self-confidence. The beauty of opting for implants is that you can pretty much decide the style and size you want your new oral features to be.

It is a procedure that does not come cheap however, ranging anywhere from $3,000 per tooth. The experience of having the implants attached is not a pleasant one either, but I can say that it is at least not a protracted one. There are many reasons for dental implants, and if you are willing to suffer the cost, and the small amount of dis-comfort, then it is totally worth it.

Before committing to the procedure, ensure you have thoroughly researched your options and potential outcomes.