Dental Implant Procedure
Part 2 - Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Implants
A single dental implant, installed and with abutment in place and showing crown to be installed.
Advantages of Dental Implants
As outlined in the
procedure description (Dental Implant Procedure - Part 1),
missing teeth will lead to bone loss. When several teeth are missing, bone loss may lead to serious long term complications such as exposed nerves and frail bones. Over time, as bone loss progresses, it may become more difficult to secure a traditional denture in place as more of the ridge formed by the bone disappears.
Dental implants, because they emulate tooth roots, retain bone and help to reduce or reverse the problem of bone loss.
Relative to alternatives, implants are durable. If proper oral hygiene is maintained, dental implants generally last for a lifetime, whereas most alternatives can be expected to last 10 to 15 years.
c. No impact for remaining healthy teeth
A dental bridge, as an alternative to a dental implant, will require that the teeth on either side of the missing tooth be crowned in order to support the bridge, compromising two healthy teeth.
d. Improved esthetics
Professional dental laboratory work will produce a crown which will be supported by the implant, and will be visually indistinguishable from a natural tooth.
e. Lower long term cost
Although the dental implants cost will initially be higher than the cost of alternative treatments, when the reduced need for replacement and reduction in possible complications due to bone loss are factored in, implants have shown to be cost effective over the long term.
f. Low maintenance requirement
As with dental bridges, dental implants require no more maintenance than the regular dental hygiene routine.
In the case of a removable, implant supported denture, the hygiene practice will be the same as for a traditional denture.
A dental bridge supported by two implants.
Disadvantages of Dental Implants
a. Initial cost
Relative to a dental bridge or partial denture, a dental implant procedure will have a higher initial cost.
b. Requirement for healing and second visit
A dental implant procedure, requires that healing occur between the placement of the implant and placement of the final restoration (crown). This process typically requires 4 to 8 months. In the case of a dental bridge or a partial denture, only one trip to Mexico of around one week, will be required.
Implant Supported Lower Denture
Immediate Load Dental Implant Procedure
What are called immediate load implants have recently become available. Despite what their name may suggest, these implants do not allow the patient to leave the dentist after one visit with a fully functional restoration. The patient is not able to use the restoration in a normal way for a number of months after the procedure. Immediate functional loading implants are currently being studied.
Due to the relative newness of the procedure and higher failure rate relative to traditional dental implants (although some studies differ), the dentists pre-screened by Holiday Dental are not recommending immediate load dental implants for their patients.
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