At Allen Dental Center, we want to provide every patient with the tools they need to make crucial decisions about their dental health. We offer many services, but implants are one of our most popular. We want to provide more insight into the benefits of dental implants, what to take into account when considering them, and other options we offer.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Implants are an excellent tooth replacement option if you are experiencing pain, infection, or bone loss in a single tooth or multiple teeth. There are many reasons why our patients consistently opt for implants over alternatives.
- They have a success rate of 98%.
- They are one of the longest-lasting tooth replacement options, with a lifetime of fifteen years or more.
- Implants are supportive of the surrounding bone in addition to helping sustain the density of the bone.
Dental implants look and act like natural teeth, so you can eat and live your life like you always have once they are healed. Before choosing implants as your tooth replacement treatment, there are a few essential factors to consider. The entire implant process may take up to six months, depending on the number of teeth we work with. You may need a bone graft to aid in the process, which can be done in-house. Dental implants are less likely to be covered by insurance and cost slightly more than other replacement options, such as bridges. We recommend alternative treatment if you have been dealing with periodontal disease.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Time, finances, and oral health are all critical to acknowledge when deciding if you should move forward with implants. They are the best option for some patients, but not all! Luckily, we offer dental bridges, another favorable replacement treatment. Bridges have many benefits:
- They are highly likely to be covered by insurance.
- They generally will not require bone grafting or surgery.
- They have a completion time of 4-6 weeks.
- Surrounding teeth can be fixed with one bridge if they also have issues – so you’re killing two birds with one stone!
While the time to complete bridge treatment doesn’t take as long, they don’t usually last as long as implants and may need to be replaced. If your oral hygiene is top-notch, your dental bridge will last longer! In addition, the teeth surrounding the bridge can darken with age, while the bridge will not change color. Accumulating tooth decay on your natural teeth under the bridge is still possible, so you must pay extra attention to your hygiene routine.
There are pros and cons to both dental implants and dental bridges as teeth replacement options. It all comes down to your personal preferences and situation. Before committing to replacement treatment, our team will examine your teeth and gums to assess their health and provide information regarding which option will benefit you both in the short and long run. When it comes down to it, we want what is best for our patients and their oral health! Are you interested in learning more about these options, or would you like to schedule an appointment? Call Allen Dental Center at (972) 727-3941, and we would be happy to assist you.