The Pros and Cons
Dental Implant: Dental implants are permanent fixtures of titanium posts anchored to the jawbone and topped with individual replacement teeth or a bridge that screws or cements into the posts.
- Your mouth will be restored as closely as possible to its natural state
- Your new teeth are permanently fixed & won’t loosen
- Keep you looking younger by preventing shrinkage of jaw bone
- Deters further tooth loss
- No nightly care & adhesives
- Allow you to eat all foods
Pros of Dentures
- Dentures can be less costly than dental implants, although in the long-term costs can even out.
- These days there are solutions which include some dental implants to stabilize the dentures, giving you cost savings and greater stability than regular dentures.
- After years of missing teeth or wearing dentures, the bone in the jaw reduces, which in some cases can make it impossible to place a dental implant.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant. Some people who have lost bone in their jaw still can get implants, but first the bone must be rebuilt using special bone-grafting procedures. People who are currently wearing partial or full dentures can replace these with dental implants, or use implants to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable. People who are not good candidates for dental implants include:
- Young patient whose jawbones have not fully developed
- Pregnant women
- Heavy smokers – smoking impedes healing in the mouth and can reduce the likelihood that implants will be successful. However, this doesn’t eliminate the possibility of getting dental implants.
- People with existing medical conditions. If you can have routine dental treatment, you can generally have an implant placed. While precautions are advisable for certain conditions, patients with such chronic diseases as high blood pressure and diabetes are usually successful candidates for dental implant treatment.
- Patients who take certain medications such as steroids or drugs that suppress the immune system
- People who severely grind or clench their teeth – these habits can place too much pressure on the implants and increase the risk of failure.