Can I benefit from dental implants?
a. How can dental implants benefit me? It is needless to say that your natural, healthy teeth in the right position are the best tools for chewing your food, esthetics, and speech. Unfortunately, for various reasons, some people end up losing their natural teeth. If the general health of an individual allows oral surgery, dental implants are the best means of replacing the natural tooth/teeth. Today’s root-form dental implants have come a long way in the past 6-7 decades. They are very reliable and can be used in almost any situation in which they are needed. As mentioned, nothing can replace your healthy and natural teeth that are in the right position.
b. When are dental implants the obvious choice?
In the following instances, dental implants are the obvious choice:
- If all the teeth are already missing, 2 or more dental implants can be used to secure the prosthesis in place.
- In the case of severe periodontal disease where the teeth cannot be saved
- In the case of a cracked root
- In the case of teeth in the wrong position that cannot be brought into the correct position. For example, impacted ankylosed canine teeth.
In the following instances, dental implants should be considered as an option:
- In the case of rampant root carries in the elderly
- In the case of a failed root canal treatment requiring complicated treatment with guarded prognosis
- In the case of severe periodontal involvement of the tooth requiring extensive treatment with guarded prognosis
- In the case of severe root shortening of the teeth following orthodontic treatment making the teeth mobile
- In the case of broken teeth that cannot be restored without additional surgeries and root canal treatments
- In the case of teeth in the wrong position that cannot be easily brought into the correct position (e.g. impacted canine teeth)