Dental implants are thought of as being the normal way to replace missing teeth, and many people prefer this to getting full dentures. A dental implant is a fixture that is attached into the jawbone that will fuse with the jawbone over time. What the dental implant does is to act like the root for a missing tooth, or teeth. Once the dental implant has been attached to the bone and has had the time to mend, its main purpose is to hold the replacement tooth or even a bridge, if a bridge is needed in place. One of the best things about having a dental implant instead of opting to get full dentures is that the implant will not look much different than what a real tooth looks like. The dental implant is also considered natural as it will not affect the other remaining teeth, should the client need to have only one or two teeth replaced.
Deciding to get dental implants instead of dentures is the client’s personal decision, and while there are many advantages to choosing a dental implant ultimately the dentist and the surgeon will make the final decision based on the clients’ health and the overall condition of their jaw line. If the dentist or the surgeon decides that dental implants are not going to work for a client, they will explain what other options can be available to him or her. While implants may not be an option because of health reasons, the dentist will fully explain the reason and help the client to make a wise decision in what their next steps will be.
There are a few reasons to consider getting dental implants before considering full dentures and those are; if the client only has a few teeth that need to be removed or are already missing. Just having a few missing teeth while the others are in good shape or can be saved would be a good reason not to go with a full set of dentures. Instead, replacing the missing teeth or those that cannot be saved is far easier and does not require a long healing time. Healing time after having dental implants normally does not take much longer than a few days to a couple of weeks. As long as the jawbone is strong and in good shape, there would be no reason for the healing process to take any longer.