Dental Implant Strength: What Are The Advantages?

Dental implant surgery by a team of holistic dentists.

Dental surgery may scare you, but the dental implant strengths far outnumber their weaknesses

We have written a few blog posts on the topic of dental implants—you can read our introduction to dental implants here: https://longislandperio.com/blog/2018/08/14/dental-implant-problems/ — but we are frequently asked about their advantages. While the question is never the same, people want to know about dental implant strength. In this blog post, we will note the advantages/disadvantages of dental implants against other dental restoration procedures.

Advantages of Dental Implants

Appearance:

Assuming an implant is necessary because the tooth cannot be repaired, a dental implant is the most natural looking replacement for teeth. (I have a dental implant, and I can’t tell which tooth is the replacement in the mirror, seriously!)

Damage:

When using dentures or dental bonding, there is a danger of not only damaging the dentures or bonded teeth themselves; it is possible to break surrounding teeth. A well placed dental implant will not damage or push against neighboring teeth any more than a natural tooth would.

Longevity:

Dental implants will last much longer than any other of the restorative procedures. Bonding typically will last a year or two and dentures have a life expectancy of about five years. Dental implants, on the other hand, have a 98% success rate when first implanted and a 95% success rate after ten years!

Bite Strength:

Dental implant strength can give a patient the same bite strength as natural teeth. Dentures significantly lessen your bite strength making eating favorites like bagels much harder.

Disadvantages of a Dental Implant

Replacing the Crown:

The top of the implant, the false tooth, is a crown. The crown itself will have to be replaced after about 15 years, though the implant will last longer. However, as we previously mentioned, dentures are replaced after about five years and dental bonding even sooner.

No Super Human Biting Ability:

Lastly, some of you may be disappointed to hear that a mouth of dental implants will not make you Jaws from Moonraker (if you are a James Bond fan), able to bite through anything.  While it would be fun, implants simulate real teeth and must be used in the same way. Sorry, no biting metal rods!

For more information about the advantages of dental implants or to schedule an appointment with the Farber Center visit our website; FarberCenter.com or call 800.616.7010.

 

Dental Implant Problems and How to Avoid Them!

Dental Implants, as a whole, have a very high success rate. Some people do experience dental implant problems. However, it is estimated that only about 5 percent of dental implants fail. The Farber Center wants to keep you informed of the steps you can take to help minimize the chance of dental implant problems.

Gum Disease

An untreated infection will present a variety of hurdles regarding possible dental implants. Gum disease is an infection that can affect the gums and jaw bone. Unresolved, the infection can develop around the implant and cause failure.

Insufficient Bone in the Jaw

Successful dental implants are dependent upon the bone that supports the implant. Without a healthy jawbone able to support the implant, the implant will likely fail as well.

Poor Dental Maintenance

Unfortunately, if you suffer from a condition that limits your ability to thoroughly clean your teeth, implants may not be right for you. Good oral hygiene is a vital part of maintaining a dental implant, so constantly and thorough cleaning is necessary.

Smoking

Similar to the last entry, smoking can make you a poor candidate for dental implants. The Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry published a study showing that a procedure with a 95% success rate drops to only 80% if you are a smoker. 80% is still a pretty good success rate, but it could certainly be better. It is recommended that you stop smoking (period!) one week prior to the implant procedure and not resume until about 2 months later.

Medical Conditions Causing Dental Implant Problems

Autoimmune Disease or conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis or Diabetes can cause your body to heal at a slower pace. A slower healing process can prevent osseointegration—the process of an implant fusing or integrating with your jawline.

An Inexperienced Surgeon

This one is the easiest to avoid, by simply visiting a periodontist you can trust! We recommend checking the reviews of any service or product before committing. We are proud of the reviews we have received: Our Reviews. With almost 100 reviews and a near perfect score (there is always one!), we are confident you will love the work you receive from The Farber Center.