Why should a person consider dental implants?
The dental implant technology has brought about a major change in the field of restorative dentistry. Dental implants have shown superiority over traditional bridgework in terms of longevity, functionality as well as aesthetics. With a dental implant patients can actually forget they have a missing tooth and treat the implant as a natural tooth.
Once the dental implant integrates with the bone, it gets accepted as part of the mouth and performs the same functions of a natural tooth. It does not require any special care or maintenance on a daily basis. The person can continue to brush, floss and maintain oral hygiene in a normal way. There are no specific restrictions on eating or drinking certain kind of foods or beverages either.
The results of dental implants are highly predictable, and a success rate of over 95 percent has been seen in the last two decades or more that these implants have been in use. The implant itself is made of high quality titanium and it does not degrade or decay in any way. That makes it more of a permanent solution unlike a bridge that has an average life span of 10 to 15 years.
Another advantage of an implant is that it is a conservative solution and does not affect the status of adjacent teeth in any way. In contrast, a bridge needs the support of the neighboring healthy teeth. This may compromise their natural strength to some extent.
Some patients still prefer traditional bridges because they have used this solution in the past. Bridges are also relatively cheaper than dental implants. But an experienced dentist will tend to recommend dental implants as a first preference because of its obvious advantages over a bridge. An implant is a one-time investment in terms of time and cost, and the patient can expect to reap its benefits for a lifetime. The crown may have to be replaced in 10 to 20 years, but the implant is likely to stay in its place for life.