The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Dental Implants

Dental professionals believe it is their duty to be completely open and honest with every patient. This means that they occasionally have to give a patient the bad news that they are not suitable for dental implants, possibly because of an underlying medical condition, or issues relating to the integrity of their jawbone.

For those that are suitable, Dentist Perth will also be upfront and advise them that whilst dental implants are the best solution for missing teeth, the procedure is not without its occasional complication. This includes the recovery period and that a patient who previously ignored their oral care, must now ensure that they look after their dental implants and their remaining natural teeth.

It is also true that dental implants have many advantages, but in addition, it is only right to point out that they do come with some disadvantages too. That same scenario applies to just about every medical procedure you could care to mention. So, in light of the dentists commitment to openness and being straight with clients, here is a list of advantages and disadvantages of dental implants.

Dental Implants Advantages

Comfort: One complaint many patients make about dentures or bridges is that they find them uncomfortable. This can either be from them rubbing against their tongue or gums and can sometimes be due to movement of dentures. As dental implants are fixed and do not move they are far more comfortable.

Durability: A huge advantage of dental implants is their longevity with some patients still having their original dental implants more than 20 years after they were fitted. Not everyone’s dental implants will last that long, but 10 years plus is a fair expectation.

Improves Oral Health: With a strict care regime required for dental implants, by default, this can also improve the health of a patient’s gums and remaining natural teeth. A dental implant can also strengthen the jawbone that surrounds it which in turn improves the rigidity and security of existing teeth.

Can Improve Speech: A person’s speech can be impacted by their oral health, with missing teeth, dentures, or bridges all causing their speech to alter or be more difficult due to their tongue not being able to move as freely as before. With dental implants allowing the tongue to move naturally, a patient should find their speech unhindered.

Can Provide Psychological Benefits: Having teeth missing, and in particular, having gaps at the front of their mouth can cause a person to become overly self-conscious and in the worst cases, cause them psychological issues such as a fear of going out in public. With dental implants replacing all the missing teeth, they no longer have any reason to be embarrassed and can return to their normal, socially active routine.

Dental Implants Disadvantages

Increased Risk Of Infection: Although every precaution will be taken with regards to hygiene and sterilisation of equipment, as with any surgical procedure, there is an increased risk of infection when dental implants are being fitted. This is most likely to affect the gum tissue surrounding the incision where the dental implant will be located.

Risk Of Nerve Damage: As there is a requirement for us to cut through the gum and create a small hole in the jawbone for the dental implant’s base to be located, it is possible that some nerve damage may occur. This can cause a degree of numbness to be felt around that area of the person’s mouth, and potentially extend to their face, although it will clear with time.

Not Everyone Is Suitable: Whilst we would love to fit dental implants for everyone who wants them, sadly, there are some individuals for whom it will not be possible due to medical and clinical issues negating their suitability.

They Are Expensive: Although over the long term, they are excellent value for money, we cannot escape the fact that the cost of dental implants is much higher than for other treatments, such as dentures or bridges. However, instalment plans, such as those offered by many dental professionals, do allow patients to spread the cost and make it more affordable for patients.