With the limited government assistance available for dental care in Canada, those in need of tooth replacement often find themselves contemplating the costs versus benefits of different options. In many cases, this contemplation comes down to whether to opt for dentures or dental implants. Below, we take a look at the relative benefits and drawbacks of choosing dental implants over dentures.
Probably the biggest attraction for most people who desire implants is the fact that, once established, there is virtually no special day to day maintenance involved. Once they are in place, they can be treated just like natural teeth. Not being forced into a cleaning regimen or worrying about them embarrassingly coming loose in front of other people is a huge advantage.
The implants are custom fabricated. Because of this, they can be matched more closely to existing teeth in shape, size and color than dental bridges typically are. No one wants to replace missing teeth with something that stands out as badly as if the gap still existed.
Dental implants can be customized. For people who have always been embarrassed by irregular tooth size or shape, this means the implants can give them a smile they do not need to feel self conscious about. Alternately, some people actually want their smiles to stand out and make a statement. While a cosmetic mouthpiece can accomplish this, only with implants will the result actually feel like a person’s own teeth.
Possible Long Implementation
Problems Must be Addressed Immediately
For the average person, the single biggest obstacle to implants is the cost. Each tooth must be fabricated and implanted separately. Because of this, the cost increases greatly with each additional tooth involved. The exacting standards used when fabricating the implants makes them the most financially costly option when replacing teeth.
Getting implants is surgery. Because of this, many conditions could keep someone from being able to simply have the procedure done on demand. Some medical conditions or prescription drugs can turn a relatively minor surgery into a very risky situation. Also, a patient may need to have the mouth prepared for the implants and wait for it to heal before implants can be put in. The gums and bone must be in good enough condition for the anchors to be installed.
Patients with implants tend to have fewer problems with them, but those problems tend to be more critical. If a bridge or veneer comes loose or dentures crack, waiting until money can be saved is always an option. With implants, waiting can lead to pain or infections, so any issue represents an emergency.
When choosing implants to replace teeth, one is essentially paying a greater price to have his or her smile returned to as “normal” a state as possible. For many willing to pay the associated costs, the result can be pure happiness.