If you are missing one or more teeth, chances are your dentist has talked to you about dental implants. Dental implants are a popular, permanent tooth replacement solution offered by Dr. Ali Ahmed and the team at South Cambridge Dental.
Dental implants look similar to a screw that you’d use in your home. They are made from titanium. If you decide that dental implants are right for you, your dentist in South Cambridge will perform a procedure to surgically embed the implant into your jawbone, acting as an artificial root system to hold a crown in place that will replicate the natural look and feel of your original tooth.
Like most medical procedures, there are pros and cons to having a dental implant.
Here are the pros to dental implants:
• They can last a lifetime
Unlike some tooth replacement options like dentures, dental implants are permanent and can last the rest of your life if you care for them properly.
• They are the closest you can get to real teeth
When topped with a crown that is custom designed to look and fit just like your natural tooth, dental implants are the closest you can get to the real thing.
• They support your bone structure
When you lose a tooth and don’t have it replaced, the root can die and impact the stability of the bone underneath. Because a dental implant mimics the function of your natural tooth root, they maintain the structure of the jawbone.
• They are cost effective in the long-term
Dental implants are certainly not cheap, but compared with other tooth replacement options that need to be replaced regularly, dental implants can actually save you money in the long run.
Here are the cons to dental implants:
• The artificial tooth can be damaged
Even though the implant is permanent and easy to care for, dental implants work in combination with a crown, and that crown can become damaged over time and need replacement. The good news is that the implant will usually remain intact, and will not need replacement or repair.
• They’re not for everybody
Because dental implants must be embedded directly into the jawbone, to be a candidate for this treatment, you must have enough bone in your jaw. If your teeth have been missing for quite some time, you may have suffered from bone loss in the area, and if that bone loss was extensive, a dental implant may not be the right option for you.
If you’re ready to discuss your options to replace your missing teeth, call the team at South Cambridge Dental today. We’ll schedule some time to assess your current condition and find a treatment plan that meets your unique needs.