According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth. If you fall into this category, it is likely you are researching replacement options. While there are many options available, dental implants are proven to be the most trusted and durable solution to replace missing and damaged teeth. Dr. Carter Perkins offers dental implants to his patients in Chatmire, FL who are missing one, multiple or even all of their teeth.
How do Dental Implants Work?
Thanks to advances dental technology, dental implant secured restorations are very close to looking, feeling and functioning like natural teeth. An implant is actually a bio-compatible titanium post that is surgically placed in the jawbone and is used to anchor a dental restoration. The process to have your teeth replaced with implants should take between five to eight months and will require several appointments. The placement of the implant into the jawbone involves a minimally invasive surgery. It will be left to heal for about three to six months. During this time the implant will fuse with the surrounding bone creating a strong anchor for the replacement teeth.
The Pros and Cons of Dental Implants
Figuring out how to replace your missing teeth can be an overwhelming process. We suggest that you weigh the pros and cons of every option. The best treatment for you will depend on your personal oral health needs and cosmetic goals. Below we will explain the pros and cons of dental implants. When compared to dental bridges or dentures, implants offer many more benefits.
- They have a high success rate of over 95%
- Because the implant is place in the bone, it will prevent bone loss by stimulating the jawbone
- There is no need to degrade or put stress on the healthy remaining teeth
- There will be less, if any, eating restrictions
- No need to worry about the restoration slipping around, causing slurred speech or falling out
- Can last a lifetime if cared for properly
- Look and function like natural teeth
- The process to get implants will take months vs the weeks it will take for a bridge or denture
- Implant restorations cost significantly more
- May need to have dental treatments done before even qualifying for implants (gum disease treatment, bone grafting, or extractions)
Despite the few drawbacks, implants are best option for your long term oral health and will offer you a better quality of life.
Replace one tooth– A single dental implant is all you need to replace one missing tooth. It will used to anchor a dental crown that will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth.
Replace multiple teeth– When you have multiple missing teeth, at least two dental implants will be used to secure a dental restoration. Multiple consecutive missing teeth will require about two implants that will anchor a dental bridge. If your missing teeth are not consecutive, a partial denture will be secured with several dental implants.
Replacing all teeth– For patients missing an entire arch of upper or lower teeth, at least four implants will be used to secure a denture. Since every case is different, Dr. Perkins will need to perform a thorough evaluation to determine the number of implants you will need to anchor the denture.
To determine if implants will work for you and which implant replacement option you will need, schedule an appointment with Dr. Perkins at his Dunnellon, FL dentist office. He is currently welcoming patients from Chatmire, FL to learn more about the benefits of choosing dental implants.