It is incredibly important to look into tooth replacements right away if you have a tooth removed or lose one due to unforeseen circumstances. Here, our Melfort dentists share the pros and cons of dental implants and how you will know if they are right for you.
How does tooth replacement using dental implants work?
If you are missing teeth your dentist may recommend a permanent replacement option known as a dental implant. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone using a titanium rod and it is meant to act as the root of the artificial tooth.
Titanium is used because this type of metal can bond with bone. We then cap the dental implant with a dental crown, which looks like a natural tooth.
The implant and the cap look and function just like your natural tooth when used together.
What makes dental implants appealing?
Dental implants offer several advantages, including:
They Can Be Used in More Than One Type of Situation
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Implants are used in combination with other treatment options such as a dental bridge or denture.
Your specific case and requirements, in addition to the density of your jaw bone, will determine the number of actual implants you need/can get. Dental implants are a popular option for many patients as they have many potential configurations.
Dental Implants Are Known for Their Ability to Last
Like everything else, your new dental implant will require a certain level of care in order to ensure that it lasts for a long time. You will need to also continue with routine professional dental care.
Other factors including nutrition, genetics, or the development of dental diseases can also play a role in the longevity of your dental implant.
These Offer a Natural Appearance and Feeling
Once your implant is fitted with a bridge or crown it will blend right in with your natural teeth and smile.
No one should be able to tell that you have artificial teeth and you will be able to eat, speak, and function as normal.
Instead, any feelings you experience related to your dental implant will come from the soft tissue around the implant. After your implant has healed and you’ve gotten used to it, you most likely will notice very little difference between your implant and your natural teeth.
You Will Be Able to Care For Your Teeth as Usual
Just like the other types of tooth replacement options, you will be able to brush and floss and care for your implant just as you do with your natural teeth. They’ll need thorough brushing and flossing, and your dentist will need to check them during your routine exams.
Why would you say no to dental implants?
Dental implants may not be your best option depending on your scenario. Below are some aspects of dental implants you may want to consider:
The Process Takes More Than One Step
While dental implants may look and feel somewhat more natural than dental bridges, the dental implant process is lengthier and more invasive.
Depending on your treatment plan and your specific case, the entire dental implant procedure can take anywhere from 2 to 9 months to complete.
Dental Implants Can Be Quite Expensive
Depending on your insurance coverage and your specific dental issue, the cost of dental implants can vary. While some insurance companies pay part of the cost, others may cover the entire cost of your implants and still others may not pay for any part of it.
You May Need More Than One Service
Along with everything else that we mentioned, you may also require other services such as a bone graft when you plan to successfully receive a dental implant. If you don’t, you may still be a candidate for the procedure but would require a bone graft to transplant bone to your jaw to support the implant. This would make the process longer and more invasive.
How will you decide which option works for you?
While dental implants, bridges and other restorations all have their benefits, the right choice for you will depend on your oral health needs, budget and other factors.
Speak with your dentist to find out more about what they recommend for your unique situation.