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Dental Implant Problems
Dental implant problems are rare when compared to other alternatives for replacing teeth, but worth considering before deciding to have your tooth replaced this way.
Dental implants have an amazingly high success rate and are the best way to replace a missing tooth or teeth but are not the fastest, easiest, or least expensive solution.
I'm so impressed with this technology that it is hard to imagine any problem that would be a deal breaker for a person considering dental implants.
But, if I were in your shoes, trying to decide if this is the right choice, I would want to know every possible downside and disadvantage before going forward.
- Cost of a Dental implant Because of the high price of implants they are not an option for some. One or two implants are somewhat doable. But, in many cases, several implants are needed to support a bridge or a denture and replace several teeth.
These more involved cases require a significant financial commitment. If you can afford them, they are a great investment in your health, appearance, and quality of life. When it is all said and done, clients rarely regret their investment of time or money.
- Insurance for implants If you have dental insurance, you will probably find it does not provide complete coverage. Most dental plans cover only one part of the process...The less expensive part.
It's better than nothing, but it would be nice if insurance was more helpful.
- Time Most tooth implants take 4-6 months from start to finish. Compared to a dental bridge that takes two to three weeks. We would all prefer faster results, but when it comes to replacing a tooth...patience pays off.
- Cleaning Because of their size and shape, It's more difficult to clean around a dental implant but important to prevent inflammation and gum disease.Using a waterpik irrigator or other helpful product in addition to a toothbrush and floss may be necessary to keep your gums healthy around your dental implant.
- Dental implant infection It is still possible for the gums or bone surrounding a dental implant to become infected. A dental implant infection can sometimes cause pain and result in the loss of the implant.Dental implant failure is not likely but does happen. Choosing the right dental implant dentist will decrease the chance of dental implant problems.
Problems are almost always outweighed by benefits. I don't hear many regrets from clients with dental implants. They are very happy to have a beautiful smile and teeth that function like they're supposed to.