Are Dental Implants Safe
If you lose a tooth due to disease or injury, you may experience complications like defective speech, rapid bone loss, and changes to your chewing patterns. At Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS we can replace your lost teeth with a dental implant or a multiple tooth implant. Dental implants can significantly improve the quality of your health and life.
Dental Implants Are Safe
Dental implant systems comprise a dental implant post, abutment, and crown. The implant post is surgically placed in your jawbone to serve as the tooth's root. Abutments are attached to the post and extend through your gums to support the dental crown.
Dental implant materials meet the ASTM international or ISO (Organization for Standardization) international consensus standards. These standards outline what material is considered safe. Titanium, an extremely strong and biocompatible metal, is the material that’s typically used to make implant systems.
Dental implant materials are tested for biocompatibility to ensure that the implant doesn't trigger complications like allergic reactions or irritation after bodily contact. Dental implant systems in the U.S. also must be FDA-approved. This means the implant manufacturers must prove that implants are effective and safe.
A dental bridge fills the gap left after tooth loss. It entails replacing the lost tooth with a replacement tooth that’s attached to the natural teeth that are next to the gap. Conversely, dental implants are embedded in your jawbone. However, some bridges are implant-supported. This involves replacing multiple teeth by attaching a bridge to implants.
Both implants and bridges can help replace missing teeth. However, dental bridges aren’t placed below the gum and thus can be slightly visible. It can take a while before you get used to having a dental bridge. Conversely, dental implants are anchored in your jawbone and thus aren’t visible. The replacement teeth feel comfortable and look natural.
When fitting a dental bridge, your dentist may have to file down some of your natural teeth. Dental bridges also spread pressure to the surrounding teeth while dental implants withstand pressure like real teeth. Implants are, therefore, a great option if you want a teeth replacement procedure that won’t impact your existing teeth.
Dentures are detachable teeth replacements. Dentures can be in partial or full sets and are often used by patients who have lost sets of teeth. Dentures cost less than implants and you can remove them whenever you want. They can be a great option if you have a weak or unhealthy jaw. Dentures have certain downsides, though. They can slip out when you're speaking or eating if they aren't properly attached to denture adhesive. Besides, if dentures aren't fitted properly, they can lead to tooth decay and infection. You also need to clean them regularly and replace them once they start to show signs of wear.
Conversely, implants usually cost more compared to dentures but last longer and thus are more cost-effective in the long run. Dental implants are also easier to maintain and require fewer dental visits. Also, you don’t need to worry about dental implants slipping out while you’re eating or speaking. They look natural and are more comfortable compared to dentures. Implants are therefore a great option if you want a replacement tooth that feels and functions like your natural teeth. If you have missing teeth, contact Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS at (315) 800-5020 today for all of your dental care needs.