Losing a tooth can be a traumatic experience regardless of how it happened. As we age, there is an increasing chance of wear and tear, leading to problems that can result in the removal of teeth. Having missing teeth and dentures can be a sign of embarrassment for many, but as we get older, it is a reality that many of us will face.
In the past, dentures or bridges were the main lines of treatment, but these measures can take some getting used to. The good news is that there have been many advances in dental treatments in recent years, and one of the most important ones has been dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are an excellent alternative to traditional dentures and bridges. The procedure involves inserting a titanium screw into the dental cavity, to which a porcelain crown is then fixed. Over time, the screw will bond with the existing bone, making a much more stable and aesthetically pleasing replacement for the old tooth.
In recent years, dental implants have gained popularity because they look and feel much more natural than dentures. They can also be used for multiple teeth or as a more stable base for bridges and dentures.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Implants
As mentioned above, dental implants look and feel much more natural than traditional dentures. But these are not the only advantages of dental implants. Other advantages include:
- Better for the overall health of the jaw
- No need to remove and clean every day
- Reduced dental work required for the fitting; dental bridges and crowns often involve trimming down healthy teeth
- More stable and, if looked after properly, provide a longer-term solution
As with all medical procedures, there are also some disadvantages that need to be considered. Dental Implants involve some dental surgery, which carries a small risk of complications such as infection, nerve damage, bleeding, gum damage, and fractures to the existing bone structures.
Other things to consider are:
- They can be very expensive and might not be covered by your insurance
- Extra work might be needed if the implant doesn’t fuse properly to the bone
Are they available for everyone?
The answer to this is, unfortunately, no. For starters, this procedure is still quite expensive, but the treatment is not suitable for every patient.
When you visit the dentist, they will do a thorough check of the health of your teeth, bones, and gums. You need a healthy bone structure for the implant to fuse to. Without it, there is a high likelihood that the procedure will not be successful.
The dentist will also check your general health because factors such as diabetes and smoking can affect the success of the procedure.
Here at Cody Dental Service, we have years of experience with dental implant surgery, and we will be able to advise you on the best course of action for you. Call us today to book an appointment with one of our experienced periodontists.