Advantages And Disadvantages Of Getting Dental Implants: Are They Worth It?

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Getting Dental Implants: Are They Worth It? By Dr. Jon ( Junyi ) Ho | November 13, 2022

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be considering dental implant surgery as an option for restoring your smile. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place.

Dental implants have some advantages over other methods of tooth replacement, such as dentures or dental bridges. However, they also have disadvantages that you should consider before getting them.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of dental implants so that you can make an informed decision about whether they are right for you.

What are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

A dental implant comprises a titanium screw, the abutment, and the prosthetic tooth, such as a dental crown. Implants are a popular choice for tooth replacement because they offer many advantages over other methods, such as bridges and dentures.

Dental implants:

  • Look and feel like natural teeth.

  • Are durable and strong and can last for decades or longer with proper care.

  • Do not require special care; you can brush and floss them just like your natural teeth.

  • Can provide support for dental appliances, such as dentures and bridges.

  • Can improve your speech and chewing ability.

  • Can give you a more youthful appearance by filling in gaps caused by missing teeth.

  • Can help to preserve the bone in your jaw, preventing bone loss and preserving the natural shape of your face.

  • Are generally safe, with a success rate of more than 95%.

  • Are a long-term investment in your oral health.

All these factors make dental implants an excellent choice for those who are missing one or more teeth.

What are the Disadvantages of Dental Implants?

Despite their popularity, dental implants are not right for everyone. If you’re considering getting dental implants, there are a few disadvantages that you should know about before deciding to undergo dental implant surgery.

Some disadvantages of undergoing this procedure include:

  • They are more expensive than other prosthetic teeth replacement options, such as bridges or dentures.
  • The dental implant process requires oral surgery. This carries some risks of complications and side effects, such as damage to adjacent teeth and soft tissues, infection, nerve damage, and many more.
  • There is a small chance that the implant will not fuse to the bone correctly and will need to be removed.
  • They require diligent oral hygiene habits.
  • They require a healing period lasting several months for the implants to fuse with the jaw bone.
  • If you do not take care of your implants, they can become infected, leading to serious health problems.

While dental implants have some disadvantages, they are still considered the preferred option for replacing missing teeth. If you are considering getting dental implants, discuss your options with your dentist and know what is appropriate for your needs.

Are Dental Implants Worth It?

Deciding whether or not to get dental implants is a big decision. There are many factors to consider, such as cost, time commitment, and potential risks. However, there are also many benefits to dental implants that make them worth considering.

One of the biggest advantages of dental implants is that they look and feel just like real teeth. This means that you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence, knowing that your teeth look great.

Implants are also very strong and durable, so you don’t have to worry about them breaking or chipping like natural teeth. And because they are securely anchored in your jaw bone, they provide much better support than dentures or other prosthetic teeth.

However, one of the main cons of dental implants is that they are very expensive. The initial cost of implant surgery can be several thousand dollars. There may be additional costs for procedures needed to prepare your mouth for the treatment. Plus, dental implants require a surgical procedure, which carries some risks.

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to dental implants. However, considering all of the pros and cons, we believe that dental implants are definitely worth the investment!

Final Thoughts

When it comes to dental implants, there are a lot of advantages and disadvantages to consider. They are a big investment, both financially and in terms of time and effort.

On the one hand, they are a very effective way to replace missing teeth. On the other hand, dental implant surgery is invasive and involves risks. There is also the cost to take into consideration.

The decision to get dental implants is ultimately up to you. Weigh the pros and cons carefully and consult with your dentist to make an informed decision for your smile.

We hope this article has given you a good overview of both the benefits and drawbacks of dental implants. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment online or call Darch Dental Care.

We would be more than happy to discuss your options with you in detail. Thanks for reading, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Frequently Asked questions

Dental implants are posts surgically placed in the jaw bone to act as tooth roots. They are used to support one or more replacement teeth. They are typically made of titanium, a biocompatible material that integrates with the bone.

The cost of dental implants can range from $3,000 to $6,000, depending on the number of implants needed and the complexity of the dental procedure. Factors such as the following can also affect the cost of dental implants:

  • The type of implant
  • The number of implants
  • The need for additional procedures
  • The experience of the dentist
  • The location of the dental practice

Your dentist may also require a bone grafting procedure or a sinus lift, and these can add up to the cost.

However, dental implants are generally considered to be a safe dental procedure and an excellent long-term investment in oral health.

Dental implants have a success rate of more than 95%. Several factors contribute to their very high success rate, including:

  • The health of the patient: One of the most important factors affecting the success of dental implants is the patient’s health. Patients with good general health and no underlying medical conditions are more likely to experience successful dental implants.

  • The quality of the dental implants: Another important factor affecting dental implant success is the quality of the dental implants themselves. High-quality implants that are properly placed and cared for are more likely to be successful than lower-quality implants.

  • The skill of the dental implant dentist: The skill of the dental implant dentist is also a significant factor in dental implant success. Those with extensive experience placing dental implants are more likely to provide favourable outcomes.

  • Patient compliance with the treatment plan: Finally, it is important for patients to follow their treatment plan, go for regular dental consultations, and take good care of their dental implants. Patients who fail to do so are more likely to experience dental implant failure.

The above factors are some of the most important considerations contributing to successful dental implants. However, other factors can also influence the success of dental implants, such as the type of implant used, its size, and the implant’s location.

If you’re considering dental implants, discuss these factors with your implant dentist so that you can increase the likelihood of a desirable outcome.

Dental implants are suitable for most people, but there are some cases where they may not be the right option.

When it comes to dental implants, there are a few things to remember:

  • Not everyone is a suitable candidate for dental implants.

  • Candidates for dental implants should have healthy gums and adequate bone density to support the implant. Those with severe tooth decay should undergo tooth extraction first.

  • A patient must also be committed to maintaining good oral hygiene.

  • Smokers and heavy drinkers are usually not good candidates for dental implants due to the increased risk of implant failure.

  • Those with active gum disease or untreated unmanaged periodontal disease aren’t good candidates for dental implants.

  • Dental implants are not typically recommended for people with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or cancer, or for those who have had radiation therapy to the head or neck area.

Dental implant surgery is considered a low-pain procedure because a local anaesthetic will be used to numb the treatment area. Of course, every patient is different; some may experience more discomfort than others.

However, most patients report only minor discomfort during the procedure, and pain can easily be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication.

When an experienced dentist performs your procedure, the risk of complications and pain is further reduced.

Dr. Jon ( Junyi ) Ho

Dr. Jon is a Perth-based dentist who graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science in 2005 from the University of Western Australia. He has worked at a range of dental practices, including being a partner and principal dentist for a group of five dental surgeries in Sydney. Dr. Jon has been practising for over a decade in the northern suburbs of Perth. He provides treatment for patients in Darch, Madeley, Landsdale, Kingsway, Kingsley, Marangaroo, Alexander Heights, Wangara, Ellenbrook, and others.

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