In my dental practice, an ever-increasing number of adults opt for a dental implant or implants over other tooth replacement options. Although some patients are familiar with the advantages of an implant vs. other options, I always present all their choices and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each.
While the one and only ‘disadvantage’ of an implant is the initial cost, which is typically higher than other options in tooth replacement, the long-term benefits of an implant greatly outweigh the additional upfront expense. Over time, the health advantages alone make implants a better investment. Also, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. No crown-&-bridge combination, partial or denture can outdo the longevity of an implant.
From a dentist’s point of view, implants are especially superior in how they function BELOW the gums. Although you cannot see how implants are held in the bone, this foundation gives implants the same stability as that of natural tooth roots. Additionally, the presence of an implant keeps the bone from ‘resorbing,’ or shrinking. When tooth roots are no longer present in the bone, implants recreate the stimulation needed to maintain its mass.
Another bonus is the ability of an implant to hold one, two or more teeth without needing the support of adjacent teeth. Unlike a crown-&-bridge combination or some partials, a dental implant supports teeth on its own. With dental implants, there is no need to crown neighboring, otherwise healthy teeth merely to support replacement teeth.
Here, we provide all phases of dental implant treatment. With everything done in one office, patients save time and expense versus treatment between two offices with several visits to each.
We offer a free consultation for those who are interested in any type of tooth enhancement or replacement. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to arrange a time to discuss your needs and have your questions answered.