Patients who have suffered tooth loss have a number of options to consider to replace those missing teeth. Bridges, dentures and dental implants may all be possible, depending on the extent and nature of the tooth loss.
Many factors will influence your decision, such as the cost of dental implants vs. other appliances, the treatment timeline and a surgical vs. a non-surgical intervention.
As you move forward with deciding on a treatment for tooth loss, consider the pros and cons of all approaches in the following categories. An oral surgeon can discuss the various details of dental implants with you, if you have any questions.
- Cost – Patients may believe that the cost of dental implants are too high to consider this procedure, but your oral surgeon can work with you to identify financing options for any costs not covered by your insurance. Also, it’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing only upfront costs, but dentures and bridges may need to be replaced periodically, which adds to their long-term cost.
- Comfort – Especially when it comes to supporting dentures, dental implants prevent slipping and sliding that can make conventional dentures uncomfortable.
- Convenience – Because dental implants are structurally similar to natural teeth, they require little extra care. You can brush and floss them normally without any extra tools. Also, dental implants allow patients to enjoy a more varied diet.
- Durability – Dental implants stabilize the bone because they replicate the artificial tooth’s root. This gives dental implants a consistent fit over time in addition to more security for the prosthetic supported by the implant.
- Details of treatment – Dental implants do entail a surgical procedure, which can be off-putting to some patients, but it is a brief procedure completed in a few hours in an outpatient setting. Patients generally can resume their regular routines within a few days of the surgery.
If you are considering dental implants, discuss the process and advantages and disadvantages of the devices with either of our oral surgeons today.