Compared to dentures and bridges, dental implants require a more complex and involved process in order to be placed. This process is what gives dental implants their durability and longevity, but it can also invite complications. If you are considering dental implants, it is best to understand how the benefits of dental implants stack up against the risks.
Dental implants have a wide range of advantages for patients, which is a main reason why they are the preferred tooth replacement method among dentists. Some of these benefits include:
- Functionality – By creating an artificial tooth root and bonding your dental crown directly to this root, dental implants function just like normal teeth: you can bite, chew, and speak with ease, and dental hygiene is the same as it is for your natural teeth.
- Protection – The fusion process that anchors the artificial root to your jawbone (called osseointegration) helps preserve the bone at the site of your missing tooth, preventing further tooth loss in the future.
- Appearance – Porcelain crowns are carefully crafted to match the color, look, and feel of your surrounding teeth, allowing your dental implants to blend naturally with the rest of your smile.
Problems in the dental implant process can be avoided by making sure you are a good candidate for the procedure. If you do not have enough jawbone left at the location of your missing tooth to support an implant, the fusion process could fail, or your implants may not last. Dr. Wilcox takes great care to ensure you are an ideal candidate for dental implants before he recommends the procedure. When performed correctly on good candidates, dental implants have a 98% success rate.
If you have further questions about dental implants, please contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with our experienced Phoenix dental implants team at Desert Smiles. We serve patients in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale areas of Arizona.