Pros and cons
Even with non-invasive treatments it is still a good idea to look at every aspect of the procedure, which includes the possible negative results that may appear; making it all the more important to examine a surgical procedure very closely before agreeing to anything. Dental implants are a revolutionary way of replacing missing teeth permanently and, with good reason, they are among the most popular type of dental treatment available today. To help you make a decision with regards to your own health, let’s take a look at the pros and cons associated with this type of oral surgery; it could be conducive to a more positive outcome if you are prepared to do a little bit of homework beforehand.
What are the positive things about dental implants?
There are lots of good things to say about dental implants, most of which are regarding the appearance and functionality of these synthetic teeth;
They are permanent – this is probably the most positive thing about getting implants to replace missing teeth, because it means the patient doesn’t have to keep returning to the surgery for regular maintenance and on-going care for some type of dental device. Losing teeth can be quite traumatic, and it may seem that there is no long-term solution for people who suffer with this problem; however, implants have been designed for just such occasions, where other appliances are unsuitable or the patient is looking for treatment that will last a lifetime if properly cared for. A well-placed, good quality implant can perform well and look great for decades – possibly a whole lifetime with good upkeep and cleaning habits. It may be necessary to replace the porcelain crown that sits over the implant, just so that the synthetic tooth does not become visible next to the changing enamel of the natural teeth.
They are natural looking – because of the high quality porcelain crowns that are used during this type of treatment, the results should be perfectly natural in appearance and almost unidentifiable next to real enamel; as this is the primary aim fitting implants, this is another point that makes them so unique and popular in the industry. Many people who have implants fitted for a long period of time will start to forget which teeth are real and which are synthetic.
They are highly durable – dental implants can last so long because they are made from some of the toughest materials available; porcelain for the crown that is above the gum line and titanium for the root. Not only is titanium very strong so the implant can withstand the daily pressures of biting and chewing, it is also antibacterial, which means there is less the risk of infection as the treatment moves along – additionally, it bonds well with human tissue, giving the implant firm structure and strong foundations to keep it working perfectly for many years. The crown can also be treated with a protective coating that will keep it durable and functional for as long as the natural teeth.
What are the negative things about dental implants?
Many of the negative aspects of treatment with implants are related to finance and availability rather than actual failure or rejection of the product – so you need to consider this before making your final decision and choosing a treatment.
They are placed surgically – unlike other restorative treatments, dental implants require a surgical operation so that they are fitted directly into the jawbone and can bond with the living tissue; this means the surgeon has to drill a new socket into the bone and insert the titanium rod to create the structure. Things like bridges, veneers, and dentures will require some reconstruction of the anchoring teeth but to nowhere near the same extent as is needed with dental implants. This can be a factor that puts a lot of people off enquiring about this sort of treatment, but if you think you can cope with this extent of surgery, and you would like to improve your smile permanently, contact the Pearl Dental Clinic and speak to a member of the team about the available bookings; there is always someone on hand to take your call and arrange an appointment if you decide you would like to speak to a dentist in person.
They are expensive – as with many cosmetic treatments, dental implants are very expensive – probably the most expensive type of dental surgery on the market. A single implant can cost as much as £800, but that price can vary depending which clinic you attend. For the very best dental products, you have to be prepared to pay a little bit extra than you normally would; particularly with surgical operations that need to be performed by a skilled, qualified professional who has the relevant training certificates. Furthermore, if you really have a problem with organising your finances, you could always consider a dental loan to cover the cost, which you pay back in monthly instalments; this spreads the cost and lets you stay in control of your outgoings – also, most finance plans don’t last longer than five years.
They have a long recovery period – as mentioned earlier on, dental implants have to have at least six months between fitting the rod and adding the crown to allow the titanium to bond with the human tissue and form a solid structure; if the root is not stable enough after this period the recovery could take even longer – it’s no use placing a heavy crown over a weak implant because it will become loose and the treatment will ultimately fail as a result. Again, this is something that could put a lot of people off, but if you are committed to replacing missing teeth and getting your smile back, it is well worth attending a consultation for implants. Additionally, six months will fly by once you get your treatment started and you will be much happier with a permanent restoration than something that requires upkeep – implants have a very high success rate with only a small percentage of patients having problems.