The initial cost for dental implants can seem overwhelming. However, experience with dental implants has shown implants can last a lifetime. Alternate teeth replacements may be less of an investment initially, but over time procedures must be redone.
The life span of a denture is generally around ten years. Add up the number of times your denture must be relined and replaced versus the one time investment in dental implants.
A denture can be an appealing treatment until all aspects are understood. When tooth loss occurs, the bone in gum tissue where teeth are missing begins to atrophy. This can lead to gum shrinkage altering appearance. With a denture, the replacement teeth merely rest against the gum. This will not resolve the issue of bone loss.
With dental implants, a titanium device is placed in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. Titanium has the unique property allowing bone to grow and fuse to it providing a solid base for the final restoration that will be permanently placed over the implant. This not only prevents bone loss, but encourages bone growth where tooth loss has occurred.
Many patients believe the loss of a tooth isn’t a big deal. However, that is until surrounding teeth begin to shift creating a malocclusion disrupting the way you chew and even speak. And tooth loss can play a big role in how you are perceived. Imagine the impression you make when you open your mouth and display a large gap where teeth used to be.
Dental implants can be surgically placed by a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in treating diseases relating to the gums and surrounding tissue. There are several conditions that must be met before entering in the dental implant process. Bone presence in gum tissue where implants are needed is critical and will be determined most often by x-rays.
Insufficient bone does not eliminate the patient as an implant candidate. Bone can be built up pre-implant to improve its odds of success. Tobacco use is highly discouraged, and the patient must understand the need for meticulous care of the teeth and gums surrounding the implant to prevent any infection that may jeopardize the success of the implant process.
To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, contact our skilled periodontal team and schedule your informative consultation today.