Dental implants are one way to replace missing teeth. The implants are made out of a small metal post that gets inserted into the socket of the missing root. That post is usually made of titanium and needs to meld with the bone so that it's solid and can replace the root of the tooth so that a denture or crown can be placed on it. While dental implants can be a good way to deal with missing teeth, there are some pros and cons that you need to be aware of before you get an implant:
Pros of Dental Implants
There are several pros to getting dental implants.
- Strength: Because the post is inserted into the socket of the tooth, it acts like the root of your tooth which means that it can be as strong as your own teeth.
- Lack of Bone Loss: Missing teeth can cause bone loss. That's because the socket is empty so the bone starts to disappear around that spot. The implant's post gives the bone of your jaw something to grow around, keeping it strong and healthy. You may have to have a bone graft around the post as well, which gives you more bone around it.
- Naturally Looking: The tooth that gets anchored on the implant's post looks and acts just like a real tooth. No one but you will know that you have one.
Cons of Dental Implants
Just like any other procedure, there are also some cons to getting dental implants.
- Infection: Getting a dental implant is a surgical procedure, even if it's a relatively minor one. Because of that, there is a risk of infection. That infection could settle into the gums around the implant. That can cause the implant to fail. There is also a very small risk of getting an infection that goes down into the bone. If that happens, you will need to have the implant removed so that you can treat the infection and heal.
- Implant Failure: Another con is the fact that the implant can fail, even without any infection. One reason for that is because the bone doesn't heal up around the post, so it doesn't integrate with the bone. Without it doing that, the implant will not be able to function the way that it should.
- Healing Time: Bone doesn't grow and heal overnight. Anyone who has broken a bone knows that it can take some time for the bone to meld with the implant. It can be a few months until your implant is ready for something to be anchored to it.
Getting a dental implant can replace your missing tooth and make you feel better about your smile. However, while can be a good option, there are also some cons which may make dental implants the wrong choice for you. To learn more, or if you have other questions, contact a professional like Dr William Prusin.