When making the decision to replace missing teeth, it is always a good idea to weigh the pros and cons against one another in order to make the most informed decision. Choosing to have dental implants is no exception. By comparing the pros and cons, you will be able to decide whether dental implants are right for you. Every person and situation is different, so doing a thorough comparison can be highly beneficial for anyone making the decision about dental implants.
*When dental implants are completed, they look and feel just like natural teeth. Therefore, the aesthetic appearance of dental implants is highly sought after.
*Dental implants are a permanent solution. Unlike dentures and bridges which only last for 5-7 years, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime.
*Proper oral function can be reestablished through dental implants. Missing teeth inhibit natural chewing and speaking; therefore, with dental implants, people are able to regain the normality of a full set of teeth.
*The comfort level of dental implants is often the number one benefit of dental implants. People who have had dentures or bridges often complain of “slipping” or even falling out. Because dental implants are permeant fixtures, they are comfortably situated in the mouth.
*Dental implants are expensive. Because dental implants require surgery, the cost is much higher than most other dental options. However, since dental implants are a permanent solution, the long term cost of dental implants can be the same or less than dentures or other tooth replacement options.
*Not every person is a candidate for dental implants. For some, there is insufficient bone structure to securely hold the implant. Bone grafts can often be used to build up the area of the jaw where the implants will be placed.
*Dental implants are not a quick fix. The procedure for dental implants typically requires multiple dental visits. There is also the time needed for the implant to securely attach to the bone, and then there is time needed for healing. However, once the procedure is complete, there is no need to return to the dentist for adjustments or other follow up.
As with every decision, there are options that need to be considered before making the final choice. By talking with your dentist about the pros and cons, you can determine whether dental implants are right for you.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park
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