Did you know that 1 in 5 adults 65 years of age and older have lost all of their teeth? Back in the day, the standard option to fill in gaps was either dentures or bridges. Nowadays, dental implants are another option and are becoming more popular because they look more natural.
Keep reading to learn when a dental implant is necessary and the pros and cons of dental implants.
When Is a Dental Implant Necessary?
First, let’s chat about when dental implants are necessary. Right after you lose a tooth, you can begin to experience bone loss where the tooth once was. The longer you wait to get an implant, the more bone loss you can have.
If you wait too long, you might even need to get a bone graft whenever you decide to get an implant in the future. A bone graft will not only be more expensive, but it is also more painful.
There are quite a few pros to getting dental implants other than how natural they look. Over time you will get so used to the implant that you will forget it’s an implant because it will act just like your natural teeth.
A second pro is that implants become a permanent fixture in your mouth, so they are not inconvenient and uncomfortable like dentures.
Another pro is that an implant will protect the jaw. It protects it because it replaces the tooth above and below the gum line. You will not have to worry about your jaw in the future because the implant replaces both the tooth and the root.
A fourth pro is that your teeth do not need to be altered when the implant is put in place. With bridges, the dentist relies on neighboring teeth to support the bridge created.
Although there are plenty of pros, we want to make sure that you are also aware of the cons to help you make a better decision. Dental implants are pretty safe, but it is still a surgery, and you can have complications such as infection, bleeding, or nerve injuries.
Another con is that implants are not a quick fix. You will have to wait months for the dental implant to fuse with the jawbone.
If your jawbone is weakened, then the dentist might have to lift your sinus cavity to graft your bone before they insert the implant.
If you ever have signs of a dental implant failure, it is important to contact your surgeon immediately. Dental implants should feel natural, and the minute it doesn’t – do not ignore them.
Now It’s Time to Weigh Out the Pros and Cons of Dental Implants
Now that you have more knowledge of the pros and cons of dental implants, you can weigh out your options and make an informed decision. Do not forget that dental implants can still have complications because it is surgery after all.
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