Sunday, July 30, 2017
Implants are ordinary dentistry
There was a time, when I was first in practice, that dental implants were a rarity. People had little idea what they were and why they might need them. Times have changed and the average patient now wants an implant over any other method of tooth replacement. There's good reason for the popularity of dental implants. Across a myriad of studies, the success rate for dental implants is 95-98%. I can't think of another procedure in dentistry that even approaches that kind of success rate. Heck, orthopedic surgeons would be thrilled to have access to a hip replacement with that kind of effectiveness. Now, by state law, acceptable alternatives to any type of treatment have to be offered to patients who are seen in our office, and that includes doing nothing at all as an option. That being said, teeth play a huge part in our lives, from eating to smiling, so, why not get the very best replacement? In most cases, dental implants are the best alternative, and, in many cases, the least expensive when you take into account that most people will keep an implant for a lifetime. The same cannot be said for fixed bridges and conventional dentures.