18 Dec 2014

To Get or Not to Get: Dental Implants

Dental Implants

In olden times, the elderly and those who lost a tooth in an accident had but two options to replace their missing teeth. They could either get dentures, or fixed bridgeworks. However, in recent times, dental implants have become a popular option as they lend a more natural look to teeth.

Church Road Dental & Cosmetics cites its pros and cons.

Dental Implants: Pros

A dental implant comprise a titanium framework or screw that supports the tooth replacement. On this frame, dentists place a tooth-like crown. This offers the following advantages:

• Unlike dental bridges, the implant takes no support from adjacent teeth and leaves them untouched.
• This avoids bone loss, unlike dentures, as the implant replaces the tooth and its root alone.
• This allows the implant to function like a natural tooth.
• The person experiences no difficulty in speaking and chewing with the implant.
• There is no fear of the implant falling off as is the case with dentures.
• Caring for the implant is similar to maintaining natural teeth.

Dental Implants: Cons

The downside of getting dental implants are:

• Dental implants involve surgery, which comes with risks and complications such as bleeding and infections.
• It requires up to six months for the implant to set in the oral cavity, during which it could affect eating.
• Even with dental implants, infections can occur around them such as gum issues and periodontal diseases.
• Dentists may prescribe additional dental work after an implant surgery to strengthen the jawbone.
• The procedure itself is expensive and normally not covered by insurance.

Taking such a decision is best left to the dentist. This is especially if you have a missing tooth, or you need to replace the entire set of teeth. Consult your dentist and follow his advice, as they know exactly what you need or what would suit your unique situation.

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