A dental implant is an orthodontic device necessary for the replacement of one or more teeth. There are various types, as needed. Dental crowns are used to replace a single tooth, dental bridges are used to replace multiple teeth and "All on 4" are the dental implants used to replace entire dental arches. To understand what you need, it is not enough to come to us Timothy H. Kindt, DDS to know the best dental implant for your needs.
The Pros of Dental Implants
A dental implant is necessary to restore the functionality of a mouth and the aesthetics of the dental arches. With these implants you can return not only to smile without problems, but also to eat whatever you want, eliminating any problem of chewing. Aesthetic problems are important, but the lack of teeth causes serious problems with chewing and the structure of the whole mouth. Given the strain on the gums, in fact, over time the lack of teeth leads to a modification of the occlusion with repercussion on the entire mouth. With dental implants you won't have to worry about these problems.
The success of dental implant installations, if carried out by qualified professionals, reaches almost 99%. Besides, they are also extremely long-lived. If properly maintained, they last at least 10-15 years without giving any problems. Beyond that period of time they can give problems, but there are percentages of patients whose dental implants lasted much longer without causing any problems
The Cons of Dental Implants
The cons of this type of orthodontic operation concern its installation and possible mechanical and biological complications. During the installation process, there may be problems such as excessive bleeding, damage to nerves such as the lower alveolar nerve or perforation of the maxillary sinus. These complications, moreover, could also occur later if the patient has suffered from periodontitis.
The mechanical complications are simply due to the wear over time of the materials. These consist of issues such as the breaking of the crowns (the prosthetic teeth), the fixing screws or even damage to the implant itself. Biological complications can give some more problems, although the most common is peri-implant mucositis, an inflammation of the peri-implant mucosa due to the accumulation of bacterial plaque.
Cases of peri-implantitis can be more problematic, which is rarer, is a condition that can even touch the bone tissue and seriously damage the stability of the implant.
In any case, these are almost exclusively causal complications due to inflammation or wear of the materials. Common complications, in general, to any type of procedure.
If you are in need of a solution to replace any missing teeth call Timothy H. Kindt, DDS at (480) 939-5818 to make an appointment and find out what options we feel would be best for you. While an implant is typically the best solution for anyone with missing teeth, as they act as a root and preserve bone integrity, they are not for everyone. To find out if implants are right for you and to find out if you are a good candidate, give us a call today!