Are you missing teeth or on the brink of tooth loss? If the answer is yes, you have likely heard all the good things about dental implants as you search for an effective replacement option. Now, you are probably wondering if there is anything to consider with dental implants — like potential disadvantages. Keep reading to find out more about what to keep in mind with this method of tooth replacement in Part IV of our series on dental implants in Houston.
What to Consider before Getting Dental Implants
Dental implants are placed surgically, which means they come with the same risk for infection that exists with any oral surgery. Prior to getting a dental implant in Houston, Dr. Weil or Dr. Koo will carefully evaluate your candidacy for this procedure to ensure that you are fit and that your risk of infection/implant failure is low. Fortunately, estimates say that over 95% of dental implant procedures in eligible candidates are successful.
Another important consideration with implant dentistry is cost. Dental implants usually come with the highest price tag, which can make some patients reluctant to choose this option. However, over time, they usually end up being the best investment in tooth replacement. That’s because prosthetic teeth supported by dental implants require less maintenance over time. And since dental implants stabilize the jawbone and prevent its degeneration, dental implants also promote better oral health.
In addition to the potential for failure and expense, dental implants also take time to complete — sometimes as much as a year. Considerably older patients or those who require a tooth replacement immediately are usually better served by a non implant-retained option.
Cost < Benefits
While considering their options in tooth replacement, most patients find that the benefits of dental implants strongly outweigh the potential downsides. See Part III of our Dental Implant Series on the advantages of this comprehensive tooth replacement option — they include improved oral health, a balanced, nutritious diet, a lasting investment, and more. Houston dental implants are truly worth their weight in gold!
Where to Learn More about Dental Implants
During an initial dental implant consultation, you and your periodontist will discuss all of your options in tooth replacement. If you are eligible for a Houston dental implant procedure, we look forward to getting started right away! Even if this is not quite the right option for your smile, partnering with a trusted periodontist will help to ensure that you receive a high-quality replacement that will support your active lifestyle for years to come.
Meet the Practice
Dr. Steve Koo and Dr. Tom Weil offer exceptional care and expertise in dental implants. Patients who are already dealing with tooth loss or who are at risk of losing teeth are invited to contact the office at 713-597-7340 to learn more about this wonderful replacement option.