Thank you to Michael Szummer and Dr. Charles Goldberg for today’s guest post!
Permanent dental replacements are becoming more popular with increasing life spans. In contrast to other dental solutions such as removable bridges and dentures, implants provide patients with a more natural and functional dental solution. Implants look much better, feel much better, and provide you with the same force for biting as bridges that are fixed in place. Implants are also a permanent treatment solution to the inconvenience and embarrassment typically associated with missing teeth or removable dentures.
As is the case with any medical procedure however, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of teeth implants in order to understand what’s best for you. While your dentist will be happy to discuss all aspects of the treatment plan in greater detail, along with any advantages or disadvantages to consider in your specific situation, we’ve summarized some of the pros and cons of dental implants for you.
The Benefits of Dental Implants Include:
Improved oral health: Dental implants do not require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, so more of your own teeth are left intact, improving your long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
Improved appearance: Dental implants are specifically designed to both look and feel like your own teeth, so they’re very natural in appearance and blend well with surrounding teeth.
Improved speech: Dental implants provide you with peace of mind, knowing that you’ll be able to speak freely without having to worry about your teeth slipping. With dentures – which don’t fit your mouth as well – there can be a tendency to slur or mumble words.
Better comfort: Dental implants are a permanent solution that become part of your mouth, through their integration directly into the jaw bone. The fully integrated dental implants eliminate any discomfort often associated with removable dentures.
Easier eating: Implants function just like your own teeth, allowing you to chew your food with ease. Dentures on the other hand can often make chewing difficult because of fact that they will sometimes slide around in your mouth.
Heightened self-esteem: When your natural smile has been restored, you feel better about yourself and self esteem is improved.
Permanence: Dental implants are designed with durability and permanence in mind. With proper care, many implants will last a lifetime.
Better convenience: One of the major benefits of dental implants is the improved convenience you get from the fact that you never have to remove them like you have to with dentures (which can also be awkward or embarrassing). You also don’t have to deal with any messy adhesives associated with keeping dentures in place.
Options / Flexibility: There are an entire variety of options at your disposal when evaluating the right dental implant solution. For one, you can decide what type of restoration is attached to the implants. Bridges, dentures and dental crowns (individual teeth) are the most common restoration options to be attached to dental implants. When bridges and dentures are used, the implant secures one or both sides of the restoration for permanent attachment in the mouth.
As with most medical procedures, there are also a few drawbacks to consider when evaluating if dental implants are the right solution for you. Potential drawbacks to consider with dental implants include:
Cost: For some individuals, cost is a significant consideration when evaluating dental implants. Dental implants are a surgical procedure – and because of that – costs run higher than other dental options.
Lack of bone: Each patient needs to go through an initial assessment for dental implants in order to determine whether the patient qualifies for the procedure. During the assessment the dental surgeon will determine whether the patient has sufficient bone to secure the dental implant. For patients who lack enough bone to effectively hold the implant in place there are other options at their disposal to secure the implant – so patients aren’t ruled out as a candidate right away.
Time: People who choose dental implants will typically need several visits to their dental practitioner from the initial visit and assessment, up until the point that the permanent restoration is secured to the bone and surrounding tissue and gums are healed.
Discomfort: The dental implant procedure normally results in minor discomfort, when anesthesia or another pain blocking method is utilized. Patients can expect minor pain and swelling as the implant heals however.
The resounding feedback from our dental implant patients tends to be that the benefits of dental implants outweigh potential drawbacks. Dental implants offer many benefits over other alternatives, so if they’re within a patient’s budget, implants are often worth strong consideration.
Dr. Charles Goldberg is an experienced dentist practicing out of his dental clinic in downtown Toronto, Canada. Dr. Goldberg’s dental clinic offers a full range of dental services which range from teeth whitening in Toronto to emergency dental services in Toronto.