If you have missing teeth, dental implants are one of several options you have to replace them. The procedure involves Dr. Ahmad inserting small titanium rods into your gums and jawbone and then allowing up to several months for the area to heal. She attaches your new dentures to the rods when you return to All-Star Dental for a follow-up. Although replacing your teeth with dentures and implants offers several benefits over removable dentures, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of dental implants before making a commitment to getting them.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer several important advantages to patients who have lost a single tooth, several teeth, or all of their teeth. Some of these include:
- Aesthetics: The teeth attached to dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, making you feel more confident about your smile.
- Comfort: With removable dentures, you must become accustomed to the feel of plastic across the roof of your mouth. This isn’t an issue with dental implants.
- Functionality: Dental implants restore all of the normal functions of your mouth. You never have to worry about them slipping out of place or falling out when you speak, smile, laugh, yawn, or sneeze. Best of all, you can still enjoy all of your favorite foods.
- Non-Removable: With dental implants, there’s no taking them out each night and soaking them in a glass with water and special tablets. Your new teeth can last up to 20 years with proper attention to oral hygiene.
Potential Drawbacks of Dental Implants
Since bridges, removable dentures, and other options exist to replace missing teeth, most insurance companies consider dental implants to be cosmetic and therefore do not cover them. That means you may not have any insurance coverage for the procedure. If you tend to be impatient, you may want to opt for something other than dental implants. It can six months or longer between placement of the rods and the dentures that attach to them. You also need to commit to several follow-up appointments to complete the procedure.
Since some patients don’t have adequate bone to support dental implants, Dr. Ahmad may need to perform a bone graft before she can place the implants. This isn’t necessarily a drawback, but something you should be aware of before choosing the procedure.
Please Schedule a Consultation to Explore Your Options Further
We encourage you to call All Star Dental to request a one-on-one session with Dr. Ahmad. She will answer your questions in more detail and let you know if you appear to be a good candidate for the procedure.