Dental implants – are they for you?

Still not sure if dental implants are right for you?

In this blog we look at the advantages and disadvantages of dental implants to ensure that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Advantages

  • Closest possible replacement for natural teeth

Dental implants are currently the closest possible replacement for your natural teeth. Dental implants are colour matched to your natural teeth and once in place a dental implant should be indistinguishable from your remaining teeth.
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  • Long lifespan

If properly cared for dental implants should last for at least 10 years, possibly a lot longer. Other restorations, even if cared for perfectly, can only be expected to have a lifespan of 5-10 years maximum after which time they will need to be replaced. This means that in the long term dentures and bridges can work out to be more expensive than a dental implant.

  • Enjoy life to the full!

Dental implants function in the same way as natural teeth, allowing you to smile, laugh, talk and eat with confidence. Other options such as bridges and dentures can take some time to get used to and it may require some patience to learn to pronounce words and eat a varied diet.

  • Eat a varied diet

Dental implants will allow you to eat a full and varied diet. There is no need to worry about whether you will be able to eat something off a restaurant menu or feel nervous about attending a friend’s for dinner. Dental implants will allow you to have your pick of the dishes and give you the confidence to try new foods without fear.

  • Retain and protect your natural teeth

Dental implants are completely independent of any of your natural teeth. With a dental bridge it is necessary to prepare the teeth either side of the gap to support the restoration. However, with a dental implant there is no need to damage your remaining teeth.
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  • Feel full of confidence and ready to take on the world!

Dental implants can give you your confidence back. There will no longer be any need to worry about missing teeth or worry about moving dentures. Not only will they improve your confidence, but implants can also help to make you look years younger. Fully supporting your cheeks and lips. You will be able to join in the fun, with dental implants you will be able to get on and enjoy life to the full.

  • Protect your healthy bone

When teeth are extracted there is a risk of loss of bone or deterioration of your jawbone. When not being used your jawbone loses its strength and firmness. Dental implants are the only restoration that help to preserve and stimulate bone growth, helping to keep your jaw in tip top condition for many years to come.

  • High success rate

Dental implants have been tried, tested and adapted over many years and can now show a long track record of being reliable and providing long term successful outcomes. This means that you can be confident when you decide to have dental implant treatment that you will be able to experience the benefits for many years to come.

Disadvantages

  • Expensive

Dental implants are expensive. However when you consider their lifespan, they can work out as being cost effective when compared to the 2-3 dentures you may require for the same time span.

  • Surgical Procedure

Dental implants are a surgical procedure and any surgery carries some risk. There is a possibility of swelling or pain after getting a dental implant, although this should not last more than a few days.

If you would like to find out more information about dental implants or to book a consultation appointment please call College Dental Surgeries on 01622 752340.

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