Why Dental Implant?
By Karen Young F.A.D.I.A
If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, it is essential to determine the best way to replace them as soon as possible.
Why dental implants, why not a three unit-fixed bridge or a removable partial denture? This question is on the minds of many people around the world. Is a dental implant better? Does it cost more? Which option will last longer? All of these questions are valid, but before we look at why we should look at the when. When and where did implants originate? How long have dental implants been around?
We have been asked this question from our patients for decades. Why do our patients ask this question, the simple answer is they want to know if dental implants will last. Most of us in the dental field respond by saying, “dental implants have been around for many years.” Telling our patients, they have been around for years is weak. How empowering would it be to know how and when implants evolved and from what?
Imagine responding by saying, “thousands of years.” The more we know, the more confident we appear. The more confidence we exude with, the more our patients will trust us. Patients like doing business with doctors they trust.
The first evidence of dental implants was the Mayan population, roughly around 600 AD, where they excelled in utilizing pieces of shells as implants as a tooth replacement. Dr. Branemark placed the first titanium dental implant in a human being in 1965, and that patient died 40 years later with the implants still intact. The patient was referred to as an “oral-invalid.”
Now we know a little about the when and how we can look at the why! The # 1 reason dental implants are ideal for tooth replacement therapy is to help maintain bone. Once a tooth is loss, we start to lose bone, which begins a cascade of destruction in our mouths. But is losing bone important to our patients, probably not; in fact, most patients do not know they are losing bone. Our patients will choose a dental implant so they can keep their smile, or continue to eat their favourite foods, or kiss that someone special without worrying something may move or worse get displaced. Patients like us want to feel whole and confident.
Everyone deserves a healthy smile.
A smile that allows them to speak with confidence and not feel ashamed.
- Dental implants preserve bone, which maintains your gum. After tooth loss, we may lose up to 25% of bone in height and width in the first year.
- Dental implants prevent your teeth from shifting, which will happen if we do not replace the missing tooth/teeth.
- Dental Implants help keep your beautiful smile intact.
- Dental Implants allow you to present yourself with confidence.
- Dental Implants do not decay, which means you will never need a painful root canal.
- Dental Implants last, with records of implants lasting 40 years.
- Dental implants allow you to chew and to speak naturally.
- Dental implants allow for fixed restorations, eliminating uncomfortable fitting, loose removable dentures.
- Dental Implants’ long-term cost is less than dental bridges. Dental bridges are much harder to maintain than a single unit implant; hence you will most likely replace a dental bridge before you replace a dental implant.
Why dental implants? Because dental implants restore your oral health to where it should be. Dental implants are referred to as the closest cousin to a natural tooth. Healthy and functional; dental implants allow you to focus on what is important to you in life
We invite you to download this flyer and provide a copy to your patients. A well-informed patient will make a wise decision to improve their oral health.