We have written a few blog posts on the topic of dental implants—you can read our introduction to dental implants here: http://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
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!)
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.
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!
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.