Have you heard about how great dental implants can be for fixing missing teeth, and are not interested in having the procedure done? If so, it helps to have an overview of dental implants so you can make a more informed decision. Here are some reasons for and against having the procedure done.

Reasons For Dental Implants

Many patients love having dental implants due to how natural they look. The final implant will blend in naturally with your teeth, and nobody will ever be able to tell that you have one installed. This makes it a great choice for a front tooth that gets noticed a lot when you smile.

The implant can also provide you with plenty of strength when eating. You won't have concerns about the implant slipping out of place when you bite on something that is too hard or sticky, since the implant is firmly placed into the jawbone where it will not move.  

Your dental implant is also going to be easy to care for over the years. An implant doesn't require any special care, since you just brush the crown and around the gums just like you would with a natural tooth. The less special care that is needed will make it easier for you to actually do it. This care will ensure that the implant remains in good condition.

Reasons Against Dental Implants

The main reason that stops many people from getting dental implants is the cost. Each implant can cost as much as $4,500, which includes the post and the crown. That doesn't even factor in other procedures that may be necessary to get the implant to work, such as a bone graft. When you look at the total cost of everything, you may be surprised to learn that a dental implant is out of your price range. 

It is also possible that you are not a good candidate for a dental implant, and moving forward with the expensive procedure could result in it failing. This is possible if you have existing issues with gum disease, which can cause the jawbone to deteriorate. You definitely need to work on your oral health prior to getting the implant procedure performed. 

Dental implants also take a long time for the entire process to occur. While a dental bridge can be installed after a few weeks, it can take many months for the implant to fuse with your jawbone. If you're looking for instant results, then an implant may not be best for you.

However, as you can see, many of the pros outweigh the cons. So, if getting dental implants seems interesting and worth the cost to you, check with your dentist to see if you would be a good candidate.