Are Dental Implants Worth the Fear Factor?

Dentist doing treatment

Let’s face it, going to the dentist is never going to be in the top 10 on anyone’s bucket list, but, in the UK in the 21st century, dentophobics need not avoid dental implants for fear of the pain and trauma they might have to go through.

In Hertfordshire, Hertford dental implants can be inserted under sedation by skilled dentists, such as those at Hertford Dental Implants. These tiny titanium posts can make all the difference to working one’s way through one’s bucket list. Being able to eat, chat and laugh without worrying about embarrassing wobbly teeth significantly improves quality of life for many people who have lost teeth. Goodness knows, there’s enough of the body playing up in one’s senior years without adding teeth to the list too.

Calm and caring

Dentists are well aware that many patients are dentophobic, and have worked hard to make their clinics into relaxing and welcoming environments. They are also better trained in communication, and communication plays an important role in the process of receiving Hertford dental implants in Hertfordshire.

The procedure

Treatment for dental implants starts with a consultation. This is when the patient gets to meet their prospective implant surgeon for the first time, and to ask them lots of questions about the process. The surgeon in turn will also ask questions. They will particularly want to know what the patient wants to achieve in having Hertford dental implants in Hertfordshire, and what their health history is like.

There are a couple of things that can make getting dental implants problematic. Firstly, if the patient is a smoker, the smoke will interfere with the healing process, and may prevent it. Secondly, if the patient has uncontrolled type 2 diabetes, this can also make the healing process difficult. Surgeons often prefer to wait until the patient has stopped smoking and got their diabetes under control before placing implants.

The jawbone is the other significant factor. It needs to be strong and healthy, but if it is not, this can be rectified and is no longer a barrier to treatment. Solutions include bone grafts, sinus lifts and zygomatic implants into the cheekbones.