The good news or the bad news—what do you want first? The good news about dental implants is that there’s very little bad news. In other words, the good news severely outweighs what little bit of bad news exists. The bad news is, like everything, there’s the possibility that implants could not be the right choice for you. Read on for details on the pros and cons of dental implants.
Implant placement is the process by which we surgically place the implant in your jawbone underneath the gum tissue. Flush with bone, the implant is safe from any force and able to begin osseointegration, the fusion of metal with bone.
Once the healing period has been completed, we remove some overlying gum to expose the implant and attach a post around which the gum heals next. Finally, we place the prosthetic tooth, the restoration crown, on the post.
The benefits that implant teeth provide are wide and far-reaching, a long-term solution to the devastating effects of missing teeth.
When implant surgery is performed by an oral surgeon, periodontist, or implant dentist, like our expert implantologist Dr. Phillips, risk is minimal, much like any dental procedure. The biocompatible, titanium implant post that is placed in your jaw forms a strong bond with the bone during a process called osseointegration.
This bond is what makes dental implants so reliable and what allows them to function like natural teeth for years to come. After your bone has formed a solid foundation, you’ll be able to receive your final restoration, a custom and natural-looking crown designed to blend seamlessly with your smile.
Since dental implants are inserted into the jawbone to fuse permanently, they are not intended to be removed, but to last a lifetime. The implant is a screw that acts like a tooth root and serves as a base for dental restorations, such as crowns, bridges, and implant-supported dentures. Even though implants are designed to be permanent, they can, like natural teeth that are secured firmly in the jaw, be carefully and skillfully removed when necessary.
While dental implants are traditionally very successful tooth-replacement procedures with a success rate of over 98%, failure is possible. Some of the causes for dental implant failure include:
At this point, you may be thinking that dental implants seem too good to be true. What are the strings? Is there any reason NOT to get dental implants? Here are some factors to keep in mind as you consider this life-changing procedure:
There may be a few disadvantages and the small potential for complications, but when you consider their durability, functionality, and appearance, dental implants can’t be beat. Don’t wait. Make an appointment with us today so we can see if you’re a suitable candidate.
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