Strong Teeth for a Lifetime
One of the biggest advantages of dental implants is how long lasting they are. Once you have your dental implants mounted, you won’t need to worry about implant replacement for the next 10-15 years.
Made from top-quality titanium, porcelain and zirconia, our implants are designed for rough use and stressful conditions. Of course, it is important to remember that the quality of the dental implants depends on a number of factors, including:
- Material of the implants
- Extent of gum and jaw damage
- Nature of daily dental hygiene
- Age of the patient
- Prevalence of habits like teeth grinding (when stressed)
- Pre-existing medical conditions (ex: diabetes, cancer and gum disease)
While the dental implants will remain strong and flexible for up to 15 years, you will begin to notice subtle wear and tear due to usage. There is no need to worry when this happens. You can either choose to have your implants repaired or go in for another dental implant mounting procedure.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Our Pasadena dental implants are fast becoming the tooth replacement procedure of choice, for good reason. They have many advantages, including:
- Improved appearance: Implants look and feel like natural teeth.
- Greater comfort: Implants bond to the jawbone and become part of the body, for a comfortable alternative to removable dentures.
- Better speech: Removable dentures can slip in the mouth, causing slurred speech and mumbling. Dental implants allow you to speak clearly with no worry.
- Easier chewing: Dental implants function like natural teeth and allow you to eat all your favorite foods with no pain or discomfort, unlike dentures, which can slide while you are eating.
- Better oral health: With dental implants, there is no need to reduce other teeth, as with tooth-supported bridges. More of your teeth are left intact for improved long-term oral health. Implants also allow access between the teeth for better oral hygiene.
- Convenience: Removable dentures have to be removed and replaced with messy adhesives. Dental implants stay in your mouth, causing no embarrassment or inconvenience.
- Durability: Implants are made of durable materials and can last for many years. In fact, with proper care, many dental implants last a lifetime.
- Improved self-esteem: Dental implants can give you back your smile, and that can do wonders for your overall appearance, as well as your self-esteem.
Is There Downtime With Dental Implants?
Most patients feel fine and ready to return to work after just a few days. As dental implants involve several stages, it will require several months before the implant is fully integrated into the jawbone, but during this period, your life proceeds as normal. As you will have a temporary crown, you will need to avoid chewing sticky or hard foods to keep it in place.
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be the optimum long-term solution to restore both function and appearance. To find out if you are a good candidate for some of the best dental implants Pasadena, CA has to offer, call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanchita Mehra at the dental practice of Pasadena Smile Center.
Disadvantages of Dental Implants
When compared to dental bridges and caps, dental implants have shown significant positive results for patients. By giving them pain-free teeth, dental implants have returned users with their quality of life.
But, in saying this, we shouldn’t forget that the dental implant procedure is a medical procedure and there are certain side effects that patients may experience after undergoing the mounting procedure. Some of the side effects and disadvantages of dental implants are:
- Longer time taken for bone integration
Bones heal very slowly and this time is compounded in the jaw. Since we tend to use the teeth even during the treatment period, the teeth and the jaws will not get the ideal rest required and will heal very slowly, resulting in pain and loose teeth for a very long time.
- Loss of bone mass around the implants
If done by an inexperienced surgeon, the implants may not be perfectly designed and may not fit well into your teeth. This can result in damage to the bone around the teeth and may result in loss of bone mass and density around the teeth.
- High chances of tooth replacement
ost implants do chip off and break due to excessive and frequent usage. This will necessitate tooth replacement or restoration sooner or later.
- No insurance accepted for treatment
One of the biggest disadvantages of dental implants is the cost. This expense becomes difficult to bear, considering how most hospitals and dental clinics do not accept medical insurance and dental insurance will not cover dental implants.
At the Pasadena Smile Center, we have extensive experience working on dental implant procedures. With us by your side, you can rest assured that your teeth are in safe hands. We offer a variety of patient-friendly financing options for our customers. Be sure to contact our team for more information.
Patients who have a very weak jaw and those who have missing, broken and chipped teeth are ideal candidates for the procedure. Once you visit our clinic, Dr. Mehra will examine your teeth and advise you about your eligibility for the procedure.
Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of a dental implant procedure primarily depends on the following factors:
- Extensiveness of the procedure
- Number of implants mounted
- Doctor and hospital visited
- Material of implant
- Condition of the teeth, jaw and facial bones
As of 2017, the average cost of dental implants in the United States was $13,500 per arch for the all-on-four procedure. But, the cost of a single implant without the crown comes up to $1,000. Two implants for the three-unit fixed bridge start at $3,000 and can go anywhere up to $5,000 depending on a variety of criteria.