While there have been many advances in the dental field over the years, there are still many people who will eventually require the replacement of missing teeth. Even the best cared for smile is susceptible to accidents or a predisposition towards tooth decay and loss. If you fall into the category of someone who is looking to augment damaged or missing teeth you may want to consider dental implants in lieu of more traditional treatments such as dentures. Here are a few things to consider when looking into a dental implant procedure.
Dental implants are much more durable than dentures and are made of titanium which is a strong and long lasting metal. This part of the implant is planted firmly into the jawbone through a simple, painless procedure and after the implant fuses with the bone a prosthetic tooth can be placed onto the implant. Since this procedure actually roots the implant and prosthetic tooth into your bone, the result is a carefree alternative to dentures that never have to be removed and can last the rest of your life with proper maintenance.
There are several other advantages to dental implants that can help improve your dental hygiene as well as your overall health and comfort. One of the biggest draws many people have to dental implants is the relative low cost of their care. Unlike dentures, which require special cleaners and pastes to function properly, implants look and feel just like your natural teeth. Additionally there is no movement with your implanted teeth meaning there is less chance of irritated or sore spots in your mouth. This can also allow for a more natural speech pattern when compared to things like dentures that often slip around with too much mouth movement.
Of course there are a few drawbacks to this procedure as there are with any dental surgery. First of all dental implants have a longer turnaround time for proper fitting and application when compared to dentures. This could be an issue if you don’t want to wait the several months it may take for the implant to fuse with the bone. Cost can also be a factor, but when balanced out over the cost of dentures over time you may well think it is worth the investment. If you are ready to take the next step or just want to learn more about dental implants or other options, contact Island Dental Group today and let us help you get started.