Dr. David Rever is a dentist in Silver Spring, MD that offers many options for patients missing teeth including dental implants. He has completed the Implant Seminars Implant Dentistry Continuum, and Masters Series programs. He is also a member of the International College of Oral Implantologists, and a Fellow of the International Dental Implant Association.
Pros and Cons of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer many benefits to patients who suffer from missing teeth. These include many health and aesthetic benefits. There are however, a few downsides to this tooth replacement option.
Dental implants are now the number one recommended way to replace any number of missing teeth. Thanks to advances in dentistry, teeth implants look, feel and work just like natural teeth.
- Designed to last a lifetime – Dental implant restorations are designed to last a lifetime if they are cared for properly. This includes dedicated daily oral hygiene habits and regular visits to your dentist. Traditional restorations such as removable dentures and fixed bridges will require maintenance and will need to be replaced eventually.
- Will not harm healthy teeth – Dental implant restorations do not require the use of healthy teeth to secure them. Dentures and bridges require the use of the surrounding teeth to hold them in place. Adjacent teeth will need to be grinded down to accommodate a dental bridge. Partial dentures will put stress on healthy teeth to hold them in place. Unnecessary stress on teeth can lead to decay.
- More natural option – Dentures take a while to get used to wearing. They can be larger than natural teeth and uncomfortable to wear. They can also affect your speech and may slip around in the mouth. Dental implants are the most natural teeth replacement option. Not only will they look like natural teeth but they will also feel completely natural.
- Preserve the jaw bone – When a tooth goes missing, the jaw bone beneath it will slowly begin to deteriorate. A dental implant post will replace the missing tooth root providing the necessary stimulation to avoid bone loss. Traditional dentures and bridges will eventually lead to bone loss is the jaw due to lack of stimulation. This will create a sunken-in look on your face and make you appear older than you are.
- No eating restrictions – Since the implants are fused with the surrounding bone, they hold the dental restoration securely in place. You will be able to chew almost any kind of food and consume a healthy diet. Other restorations will come with a list of food that must be avoided including many healthy food options.
Dental implants are the best solution for tooth loss but there are a few downsides.
- They will cost more – As the number one solution for missing teeth, there is a lot of time, planning, and materials that are involved. The cost of all this will add up to be more than most other teeth replacement options in the beginning. However, it is worth noting that the cost to maintain and replace other restorations may exceed the cost of dental implants over a span of many years.
- The process is lengthy – The surgical implantation is just the first step. You have to wait for the implant posts to fully fuse with the surrounding bone before the permanent restoration can be placed. This could take anywhere from three to six months. Also, if you require any treatments before surgery, such as gum disease therapy, the process will take even longer. Other restorations will ready in less than a month.
- Surgery is necessary – The implants will need to be placed into the jaw bone. This involves a surgical procedure and may require a second minor surgery to attach the abutments. If you are not healthy enough to undergo surgery, then you will not qualify for teeth implants.