There are many blog posts and articles extolling the virtues of dental implants, on the whole, we agree that dental implants are often the treatment of choice to replace missing teeth for the following reasons.
- they prevent further bone loss in the area of the lost tooth
- dental implants support the teeth on either side of the gap and prevent those teeth from drifting into the space
- implants support the teeth opposing the gap and prevent them from drifting down
- dental implants are often the most cost-effective option when taking into account the length of time they last
Disadvantages of dental implantsThe Academy of Osseointegration (1) lists the following disadvantages of dental implants:
- It is a surgical procedure which requires a healing phase.
- May be more expensive than other forms of treatment initially.
- Mechanical failure of the dental implant components.
- Fracture of the dental crown.
Surgical procedure for implantsAfter the dental implant is placed you will more than likely have stitches, you will need to ensure that you are careful following the placement of the implants. A good rule of thumb is to eat soft and nutritious foods and keep well hydrated directly after the implant placement. It’s also good news that your mouth heals exceptionally quickly. So you will soon be back to normal after the placement of the implant. In some cases, you may not have enough bone to place the dental implant. This may necessitate grafting or bone augmentation. This may be a more invasive procedure which takes longer to heal.
More expensive than other forms of treatmentThis is indeed true in the short term, including the surgery, components and final crown manufacture a dental implant can often cost around £2000. However, if you break this down into the lifetime of the dental implant, let’s say 20 years then the cost works out at less than 30p per day! Many practices also offer credit options including interest-free finance for implants. People will often consider purchasing a car on finance, cars don’t last particularly well and aren’t used 24-hour was a day. Your dental implant should last many years and as it is used all of the time, even when you are sleeping, it’s worth investing in your smile.
Mechanical failure of the dental implant componentsGenerally speaking, the dental implant is made up of the following components:
- the implant itself which is surgically placed into the bone
- the apartment which attaches to it
- the screw which attaches the abutment to the dental implant
- the permanent crown which is fixed on top of the abutment