More & More Adults Choosing Dental Implants

Posted on May 06, 2013 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

We are seeing an ever-increasing number of adults who opt for a dental implant or implants over other tooth replacement options. For most patients, the one and only ‘disadvantage’ of an implant is the initial cost, which is typically higher than other options in tooth replacement. However, the long-term benefits of an implant greatly outweigh the additional upfront expense. Over time, the health advantages alone make implants a better investment. Also, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. No crown-&-bridge combination, partial or denture can outdo the longevity of an implant.

From a Periodontist’s point of view, implants are especially superior in how they function BELOW the gums. Although you cannot see how implants are held in the bone, this foundation gives implants the same stability as that of natural tooth roots. Additionally, the presence of an implant keeps the bone from ‘resorbing,’ or shrinking. When tooth roots are no longer present in the bone, implants recreate the stimulation needed to maintain its mass.

Another bonus is the ability of an implant to hold one, two or more teeth without needing the support of adjacent teeth. Unlike a crown-&-bridge combination or some partials, a dental implant supports teeth on its own. With dental implants, there is no need to crown neighboring, otherwise healthy teeth merely to support replacement teeth.

Interested in learning more? Call (828) 274-9440 to arrange a consultation to discuss your needs and have your questions answered.

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