If you’re like many Americans, inflation, gas prices, and other factors might have you pinching pennies right now. You’ll find a variety of do-it-yourself solutions online for just about everything, so you don’t have to pay a professional for jobs around the home. You can even find DIY dental care. However, you should never use online tutorials to keep your smile healthy and looking its best, especially if you’re interested in dental implants. A complete smile doesn’t have to cost you an arm or a leg. Here’s how you can skip the risks of DIY dentistry and invest in a complete smile without breaking the bank.
Are DIY Dental Implants Possible?
A dental implant differs from any other treatment because it recreates both the root and the crown. The process involves surgically placing a titanium post into your jawbone to serve as a new root, which will support a customized restoration that’s attached using an abundant.
While it might be possible to hammer a foreign object into your body, the pain would be excruciating and the results could be deadly. There’s evidence throughout history of early civilizations using animal teeth, shells, bones, and materials to replace lost teeth. Early dental implants were always unsuccessful and often resulted in deadly infections.
If you were considering DIY dental implants, learn from our ancestors. Leave the task to professionals.
Understanding Tooth Extractions
Whether you’ve lost a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch, the process of treating your tooth loss with a dental implant will take several steps. After an initial consultation to ensure you’re a candidate, you will be scheduled for any preliminary procedures, like tooth extractions, gum disease therapy, or bone grafting.
Once recovered from any prep work, you’re scheduled for your placement surgery. Sedation or anesthesia to block any pain as your implant is placed into your jaw.
You’ll spend the next several months waiting for your bone to fuse with the post through a process called osseointegration. After adequate healing has occurred, your restoration will be attached after placing an abutment on the post.
Save Money Overall with Dental Implants
It’s true, dental implants cost more initially than other treatments, but they are the most affordable overall. They have over a 95% success rate and are proven to last for decades, which means you’ll never have to budget for replacements.
Not to mention, they are the only method to stop bone loss in your jaw caused by missing teeth. Therefore, you’re less likely to need costly procedures down the road to reduce your oral health expenses.
There are many options to keep dental implants affordable, like using your dental insurance or third-party financing. You can invest in a stunning smile without the risks of DIY dentistry by choosing a qualified dentist to treat your missing teeth.
About Dr. Adam P. Sommers
Dr. Sommers earned his dental degree at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and has regularly continued his education in various specialties, like CEREC, clear aligners, and dental implants. He is a proud member of many professional organizations, like the American Dental Association. If you’re ready to replace your lost teeth, contact us through our website or call (419) 668-3606 for an appointment.