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The Pros and Cons of Dental Implants

Missing teeth can be detrimental to the alignment of your teeth; so many people are forced to spend their lives wearing dentures or removable bridges, which can be incredibly inconvenient. With a nearly 100% success rate, dental implants offer you a viable and more permanent alternative with minimal impact to your lifestyle.

The Pros and Cons of Dental Implants

Dental implants are small titanium cylinders placed into the jaw. They function as artificial roots and are capped with replacement teeth or a bridge. They eliminate the need for dentures and removable bridges. Implants provide you with a permanent foundation for any replacement teeth or bridges that you may need. If you have missing teeth but have healthy teeth, gums and tissue, you are candidate for dental implants.  They can offer you an excellent, functional and more natural looking alternative to dentures or removable bridges.

Pros of Dental Implants:

  • Permanence: Any dental work is expensive, even with insurance. You run the risk of losing denture and removable bridges, and the cost of replacing them can be substantial. Dental implants are placed in the jaw. They are not going anywhere, and, best of all, you will never misplace them.
  • Durability: The implants themselves are made of durable titanium, and the replacement teeth or bridge are made of porcelain. The implants themselves are so dependable that they are generally considered to be permanent. The restoration placed on the implant, a crown or a bridge, may need to replaced due to normal wear and tear.
  • Appearance: Dental implants look just like natural teeth. No one will be able to tell they’re not real!
  • Functions: The implants will function just like natural teeth. They’re comfortable. Dental implants have the same biting force and they won’t slip or slide like dentures. You can eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
  • Better oral health: Unlike permanent bridges, dental implants will not damage or alter your other teeth in any way. The implants are also easy to care for: you brush and floss them just like the rest of your teeth, making it easier for you to keep your mouth healthy.
  • Improved speech: If you wear dentures, then you’re aware that their position in your mouth can cause you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to talk naturally.

Cons of Dental Implants:

  • Surgery: Dental implant placement does involve a surgical procedure. As you know, there are always risks associated with a surgical procedure. However, my experience has been that patients have few to no complications and that the procedure to place the implant is typically stress-free with no post-operative discomfort. Close to 100% of the implant patients we treat report that they had no pain to very minor discomfort.
  • Time: If you’re looking for an immediate fix, dental implants are not the answer. Getting dental implants is a process that takes several months and several trips to the dentist’s office. However, the amazing results are long term and worth the effort.
  • Complications: Though the success rate for dental implants is very high, as with any surgery, there are potential complications. The number one complication is a localized infection around the implant and this is almost always in patients that smoke or have a weakened immune system. As with everything, good overall health is important to the success of implant treatment.
    • Cost: Dental implant surgery is not cheap and many insurance companies to consider it a covered treatment.  However, you may use a flexible spending account through your employer or an independent health care finance option.
    • The implants themselves: “You get what you pay for” certainly applies to implant treatments. There are multiple implant manufacturers, but only a few have been around through the entire cycle of implant development. It is worth using implant systems from the top manufacturers.

By using high quality dental implant systems and working as a team with oral surgeons that I would trust to place implants in my own mouth, we can give you the highest rate of long term success for your implant restoration. Call our Arlington dental office today if you have any questions about replacing missing teeth with implants.

About Mark C. Marchbanks, D.D.S.

Dr. Mark Marchbanks has practiced dentistry in Arlington Texas since 1983. He enjoys caring for patients young and old. You can find Dr. Marchbanks on Twitter or on Linkedin. If it's been more than 6 months since your last teeth cleaning, give us a call today to schedule your check-up.

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