Pros and Cons of Dental Implants

February 10, 2021 Jeffrey T. Baker, DDS PC

Dental implants not only restore your oral health but help you smile with confidence.

Dental Implants Shelby Charter Township Dentists

If you’ve recently lost a tooth, you may be a candidate for the dental implant procedure. That’s why it’s important that you schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to discuss your tooth replacement options.

In general, we may recommend a dental implant, bridge, or denture after tooth loss.

Here are the pros and cons of dental implants.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that’s made out of a titanium alloy. Your dentist or oral surgeon will place the implant in your jawbone. Once the implant fuses to your jawbone, your dentist will place an abutment and dental crown over top.

Together, the implant, abutment, and crown give you the strength and appearance of a natural tooth.

Pros of Dental Implants

Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth because they’re firmly bonded to your jawbone. This means that you won’t have to worry about them slipping like you would with dentures.

Patients who wear dentures may discreetly bite down and swallow when they feel their dentures slip in public. But patients with dental implants don’t have to deal with this hassle. Instead, the dental implants provide a solid foundation for the crown over top.

Another benefit of dental implants is that you can continue eating your favorite foods. This means that you won’t have to avoid foods that are difficult and/or painful to chew. For example, patients with extreme jawbone deterioration may feel pain or discomfort while wearing their dentures.

While this may seem counterintuitive, dental implants are also less invasive than other tooth replacement options. This is because we don’t have to alter your adjacent teeth to place a dental implant, as shown in the diagram below.

Dental Implant Diagram

A dental bridge, on the other hand, would require that your dentist file down the adjacent teeth to make room. This is because a dental bridge consists of a prosthetic tooth anchored by crowns on adjacent teeth or implants, as shown in the diagram below.

Dental Bridge Diagram

Cons of Dental Implants

Dental implants may be more expensive than other tooth replacement options. The tradeoff is that dental implants are also more long-lasting than bridges and dentures.

Some dental implants even last a lifetime when given proper care. But it’s important that you practice good oral hygiene at home and continue seeing our dentists for routine care. Otherwise, your dental implants may prematurely fail.

Another con of dental implants is that you need sufficient bone density in your jaw to be a candidate. This may not be possible if you’re facing the later stages of bone loss in your jaw.

Lastly, it takes several months for a dental implant to fuse to your jawbone. This is a process called osseointegration and it can’t be rushed.

Learn More About Dental Implants

Wondering if you’re a candidate for dental implants? The only way to know for sure is to request a consultation with one of our family dentists in Shelby Charter Township, MI.

During your appointment, one of our dentists will help you explore your tooth replacement options so you can achieve your smile goals. To get started, call the dental office of Jeffrey T. Baker DDS PC at (586) 992-9222. You may also fill out our online contact form.

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