Implant dentistry sometimes has a frightening reputation because not everyone understands it. It’s true that getting dental implants is one of the more serious options for reconstructive dentistry, but its invasiveness and recovery time are often overstated. Implant dentistry is quite safe, and with the right care, is quite comfortable. There is no modern dentistry technique that can replace teeth with such a convincing and natural-looking substitute.
So why doesn’t everyone get implants, if they’re so great? Why do people get dentures, crowns, bridges, and other forms of reconstructive dentistry? We’ve taken the time to briefly outline some of the reasons patients go with or without implant dentistry below. Read on to find out more.
Reasons For And Against Implant Dentistry
Many patients choose to go with implant dentistry over other options. Here are a few common reasons our patients choose implants.
- Implants are the next best thing to healthy teeth. Unlike dentures, implants mimic the structure of real teeth. They have a metal “root” that attaches to the jaw and a “crown” that sits on the gum for chewing and speaking. Dentures do not accurately simulate real teeth.
- They are a long-term solution. Correctly-maintained implants will last for a very long time–even decades. Even the best-maintained dentures will need to be re-adjusted and re-fitted often, so implants are a more long-term solution.
- They protect and promote healthy bone. Dental implants are made of synthetic materials, including lightweight metals, so they can’t get cavities. Besides that obvious advantage, implant dentistry reinforces and strengthens the jaw aou them, ensuring long-lasting stability.
Still, dental implants aren’t for everyone. Here are some reasons patients might not get implant dentistry.
- They are not missing a whole tooth. Dental implants replace a whole tooth, including the root. You don’t want to pull a chipped tooth if it is restorable, just to place in an implant. If you’re not missing a whole tooth, implants probably aren’t the answer.
- Their jawbone can’t support it. Implants need a strong, healthy jawbone to anchor in. While some jawbone-strengthening therapies are available, they’re not suitable for all jaw-types. If a jawbone can’t support an implant, then there will be other options for you.
- They cost more than other options. It’s true that implant dentistry is the most expensive way to replace missing teeth. But that’s because they are the strongest and most reliable method. In the world of cosmetic dentistry, you won’t find a better replacement for real teeth.
If you’re interested in implant dentistry for your smile, a dentist can help you make that decision. Give Reconstructive Dentistry a call to set up an appointment, and we would be happy to help.